Graeme Clancy

Varsity Lakes, Queensland

Teacher, inclusive sports advocate

In 2012, special education teacher Graeme realised there were no team sports that students with intellectual disabilities could play with ease. His solution was to set up Touch Football Specialised – a sports program that was embraced by local schools and sports groups. Graeme now works with rugby league clubs to help individuals with intellectual disabilities play on match day with their peers. His league includes divisions for low-functioning children, who play using pool noodles and Velcro flags on a modified field, and an all-abilities competitive division family members can join. He is using his grant to publish and share a how-to guide to help others set up inclusive programs.