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Sports Environment Alliance (SEA) is excited to welcome Paralympics Australia (PA) to the #SEAFamily.

PA is the nation’s peak sporting organisation for athletes with physical, vision, and intellectual impairments. It’s purpose is to advance the Paralympic Movement and Para-sport in Australia and be a catalyst for a more inclusive society. 

The registered not-for-profit works with national sporting organisation partners to help identify potential Paralympians and assist athletes to prepare for competition by providing funding for and access to coaching, equipment, medical support and travel in the lead up to the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. 

SEA CEO, Dr Sheila Nguyen, explained that welcoming PA to the SEA fold is testament to a growing, global desire for sports organisations to do more {for the world} with less {footprint}.

“We are delighted to welcome PA to our growing family of change-makers as they have been in the business of change making for a long time.

“We look forward to a shared journey of leading, learning, and inspiring others to protect our spaces and places of play for generations to come.”

On the planetary front, PA and the Paralympic Movement are increasingly embracing sustainable principles and how they can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Lynne Anderson, PA CEO, explained that they are very excited to join the #SEAFamily and use the power of sport to take a leadership position in the environmental sustainability space.

“While PA is really just embarking on its own environmental and sustainability journey, we look forward to reviewing and improving our sourcing and resource management over time.

“Sustainability is also an important focus of the Brisbane 2032 Games and PA looks forward to contributing to a culture of sustainability for the event,” she said.

Coming on board, PA also looks forward to educating staff and members through SEA’s resources and having the opportunity to learn from like-minded organisations, both within and external to the sports community.

“We hope to set up a PA Environmental Working Group to drive our future actions in this space in a more formal and accountable way so we can have a greater impact on our Para-sports community,” Ms Anderson said.

By: Sports Environment Alliance
Posted: 17 December 2021