Details for the 2019 AFL National Inclusion Carnival have been revealed, with the event set to be held in Sydney this July.

Held annually, the AFL National Inclusion Carnival brings together male footballers with an intellectual disability from across the country to take part in a week-long round-robin competition.

Footballers hailing from all corners of Australia will have the opportunity to wear the representative jumper, with teams from Northern Territory, NSW/ACT, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria Country, Victoria Metro, and Western Australia set to take to the field.

People with a physical or intellectual disability taking part in various football programs across Australia has seen participation grow to 4,589 in 2018 and is a growing part of the game.

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL National Inclusion Carnival would once again be a highlight on the football calendar.

“The AFL supports and promotes inclusion of our game at all levels and we’re excited to see more people participate in Australian Football through our Inclusion programs across the country,” Mr. Dillon said.

“The AFL National Inclusion Carnival promises to provide another fantastic week of competition, with all states and territories vying to secure the national title.

“The Carnival not only provides an opportunity to showcase the significant abilities of footballers with an intellectual disability to the broader community, but also shows young Australians with an intellectual disability that there is a pathway for them to participate in Australian Football and have the opportunity to represent their state or territory.”

Tasmania played host to a successful Carnival in 2018, with two divisions competing across the City of Launceston, with Victoria Metro taking out the division one title and Western Australia securing division two honours.

This announcement of the event details follows confirmation that Darrin Geard will coach the Tasmanian team in 2019.

Geard, an assistant coach at TSL club Launceston, will be assisted by Andrew McCarthy and Alan ‘Dingo’ Dengate, with Dengate set to fulfill a role as a playing-assistant coach after captaining the side in 2018.

The AFL National Inclusion Carnival will kick off on Monday July 15 and run until Saturday July 20. 

 

Player Eligibility 

To compete in the AFL National Inclusion Carnival, a player must be:

  • Male;
  • 16 years of age, at day one of the Carnival; and
  • Have an intellectual impairment. 

Sport Inclusion Australia will determine whether an individual has an intellectual disability based on the Sport Inclusion Australia Athlete Registration and Primary Eligibility Application Guidance Notes.

Subject to item 4 of these Rules, a player will be eligible to compete in the Carnival when Sport Inclusion Australian is satisfied that a player meets all 3 elements of the above criteria.

If you are interested in trying-out for the Tasmania Inclusion team in 2019 please register your interest by contacting New Horizons via email: info@newhorizonstas.org.au.