The Marie Little Athlete Support Program

What is the MLASP?

The Marie Little OAM Athlete Support Program was established in 2015 to provide financial support for people living with a disability to participate in local, State and National programs. Through the fundraising efforts of Inclusive Sport SA, each year, athletes living with a disability and State Sporting Organisations can apply for financial support to assist them with the costs of participation.

There are three funding levels:

  • Local Athlete Support – For individual athletes facing financial hardship to participate in local sporting activities.
  • State Team/Athlete Support – For State Representatives to assist with the costs of the Team/Individual to travel to a National Championships event.
  • National Athlete Support – For South Australian Athletes who represent Australia at an International Championships.

Funding is allocated by the Marie Little OAM Athlete Support Program Committee who meet approximately 4 times per year.

Who Was Marie Little OAM?

Marie Little OAM was a pioneer of inclusive sport in Australia and globally. Marie was inspired to focus on a person’s worth and ability while providing them with an opportunity to be a valued and integrated member into mainstream community life.

She believed that sport would be the perfect medium to achieve this feat.
Marie was strong with her belief that sport was ultimately responsible for all of their players and lobbied hard to have successful examples of integration showcased. She pushed this case internationally and countries who aim to have sport inclusive of all abilities have followed Australia’s lead. Her vision and foresight has seen many National Sporting Organisation’s work towards opening their doors to all Australians, regardless of ability.

Over three decades, Marie held many valued roles within sport both nationally and internationally and was responsible for founding Ausrapid and Inclusive Sport SA. When Marie retired from her public roles in 2011 she volunteered time to Anglicare and reading at her local primary school. While she achieved so much for others, she was also well loved by her family and friends but sadly passed away in 2014 after a short illness.

Marie fought for the rights of people with a disability in every facet of her life, from local to international level and often was the only person prepared to do so. The success of Marie’s work is evident throughout Australia and her vision has been a revelation to the development of sport for people with a disability in this country and throughout the world, and is the foundation for Inclusive Sport SA.

Image of Marie Little OAM

What is the MLASP?

The Marie Little OAM Athlete Support Program was established in 2015 to provide financial support for people living with a disability to participate in local, State and National programs. Through the fundraising efforts of Inclusive Sport SA, each year, athletes living with a disability and State Sporting Organisations can apply for financial support to assist them with the costs of participation.

There are three funding levels:

  • Local Athlete Support – For individual athletes facing financial hardship to participate in local sporting activities.
  • State Team/Athlete Support – For State Representatives to assist with the costs of the Team/Individual to travel to a National Championships event.
  • National Athlete Support – For South Australian Athletes who represent Australia at an International Championships.

Funding is allocated by the Marie Little OAM Athlete Support Program Committee who meet approximately 4 times per year.

Image of Marie Little OAM

Who Was Marie Little OAM?

Marie Little OAM was a pioneer of inclusive sport in Australia and globally. Marie was inspired to focus on a person’s worth and ability while providing them with an opportunity to be a valued and integrated member into mainstream community life.

She believed that sport would be the perfect medium to achieve this feat.
Marie was strong with her belief that sport was ultimately responsible for all of their players and lobbied hard to have successful examples of integration showcased. She pushed this case internationally and countries who aim to have sport inclusive of all abilities have followed Australia’s lead. Her vision and foresight has seen many National Sporting Organisation’s work towards opening their doors to all Australians, regardless of ability.

Over three decades, Marie held many valued roles within sport both nationally and internationally and was responsible for founding Ausrapid and Inclusive Sport SA. When Marie retired from her public roles in 2011 she volunteered time to Anglicare and reading at her local primary school. While she achieved so much for others, she was also well loved by her family and friends but sadly passed away in 2014 after a short illness.

Marie fought for the rights of people with a disability in every facet of her life, from local to international level and often was the only person prepared to do so. The success of Marie’s work is evident throughout Australia and her vision has been a revelation to the development of sport for people with a disability in this country and throughout the world, and is the foundation for Inclusive Sport SA.

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