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Captains’ Forum focuses on making sport accessible


Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Sport
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness

Minister for Sport Mark Arbib today welcomed members of the 2011 Captains’ Forum to the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern, Sydney as they discuss issues facing Australian sport.

Captains and leading players from more than 30 sports gathered to consider their role as leaders and highlight how leadership on and off the field can be a key factor in making sport inclusive for all Australians, in particular Indigenous Australians.

“It is fantastic to see so many of our sporting captains and leaders take part in the forum,” Senator Arbib said.

“All the leaders at the forum have experienced different journeys to success and today provided an opportunity for them to share their stories and learn from others.

“The Captains’ Forum will focus on initiatives that support safe, fair and inclusive sporting environments as well as the importance of making sport accessible to everyone, especially young Indigenous children.

“The forum is a partnership between the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Australian Government and national sporting organisations and is the initiative of John Eales and John Bertrand AM who believe in the importance of sporting leaders coming together to discuss issues facing Australian sport.”

Senator Arbib said a particular focus of the forum was discussion of the Learn. Earn. Legend! program which uses sporting role models to encourage Indigenous children to stay in school and work hard so they can go on to good jobs or further study.

“Many sports represented today already work with the Government with their own Learn. Earn. Legend! programs,” Senator Arbib said.

“The significance of sport for young Indigenous Australians is extremely important and it is fantastic the all the sports represented here today recognise this.”

NCIE CEO Jason Glanville said he was looking forward to hosting Captains’ Forum with the Australian Government.

“We look forward to working with the captains and National Sporting Organisations to ensure they continue to grow their engagement with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians,” Mr Glanville said.

The Captains’ Forum initiative builds on the Australian Government’s additional investment of $44 million over four years to boost participation in sport.