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Active Inclusion and BSSA Key Note Speakers at Calisthenics SA Conference

On Sunday 7 February Inclusive Sport SA was invited to deliver a key note speech at the 2021 Calisthenics SA Coaches Association (CAL.S.A.C.) Conference held at the Mecure Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide.

The event brought together 200 Calisthenics coaches from across South Australia with our Active Inclusion General Manager Katrina Ranford and BSSA Positive Behaviour Practitioner Tamsin Petzer delivering presentations on inclusion in sport and practical tips for coaches working with participants with autism and sensory challenges.

Katrina Ranford began the key note by discussing the importance of creating a welcoming and warm club culture to ensure athletes and their families/caregivers stay involved before speaking about barriers and challenges to participation.

This was followed by a presentation from Tamsin Petzer aimed at providing attendees with a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, behaviour awareness and positive development techniques to utilise in coaching scenarios.

“The number of coaches and clubs represented at the CALSAC event was really impressive,” said Active Inclusion General Manager, Katrina Ranford.

“Calisthenics has a strong presence in South Australia and we look forward to the opportunity to work with their clubs and coaches again soon.”

Thank you to Sarah Fortune and the Calisthenics SA Coaches Association for inviting us to speak, we hope that attendees came away from the presentation with greater awareness around autism and sensory challenges and the confidence to build these inclusive practices within their club cultures.