Australia’s cultural diversity comes under the spotlight each year on Harmony Day and today is that day. At Sport and Recreation, however, every day is one of ‘harmony’ because the state-run agency is committed to inclusive approaches, events and practices that welcome and inspire everyone, whatever their background, gender, physical ability or creed.
At its 11 scenic Centres dotted across NSW, quite simply, diversity is the order of the day 365 days of the year. Only recently, at Berry Sport and Recreation Centre two hours’ south of Sydney, a community event for the local Sikh community took place for the fourth year in a row.
Khalsa is a Sikh word denoting “purity” and Khalsa Camp Australia teenagers attended a week-long camp at Berry with a view to strengthen their community bonds. A typical day began with prayers, meditation, scriptural readings and workshops before an afternoon of leisure and adventure challenges.
“Berry suits us,” says Khalsa board director, Satpal Singh. “We appreciate the facilities and especially enjoy the efforts to which staffers go to make our time memorable.”
Case studies and resources
Check out the successful inclusive events and practices that NSW sports have implemented.
Find a sports club
- Find specific sports and organisations for people with disability on the Sport and Recreation website.
- About the AFL Multicultural Program
- Culturally and linguistically inclusive Australian Community Football Clubs
Being inclusive means welcoming everyone to your club, regardless of factors like ability, gender, sex, background or age. Everyone has the right to be involved, and it’s beneficial to all when club membership represents and reflects the whole local community. To learn what club committees can do to ensure inclusiveness, and to see case studies, go to the Sport and Recreation website.