More NSW citizens who have been injured at work and on our roads will benefit from unique opportunities for support and mentoring from Australian Paralympic athletes, with Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet announcing icare (insurance and care NSW) is now a major partner of the Australian Paralympic Committee.
Mr Perrottet said the announcement builds on the NSW Government’s enduring 15-year relationship with the Australian Paralympic Committee and Paralympic movement, now the longest-running partnership with the Australian Paralympic Committee in the nation.
“icare’s mission is to provide the best care and support to our injured workers, and to have the support of Paralympic athletes is immensely valuable in helping our most vulnerable citizens get back on track after a life-threatening accident,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Our Paralympians are incredible role models, and as mentors and educators their powerful experiences and achievements offer hope to those who need it most, while shining a light on the contribution that severely injured people make in our communities.”
“As the games kick off in Rio, I’ll be cheering our Paralympians in my green and gold and wish them all the very best as they represent our nation.”
icare’s major partner status will enable it to expand its world-first mentoring program, “Back on Track”, which pairs Paralympic athletes with seriously injured young people. From November, the program – launched in 2016 with four Paralympians mentoring five injured young people – will include ten Paralympians and fifteen injured young people.
icare will also increase its commitment to the Paralympic Speakers Program from 175 to more than 250 speaking and coaching engagements, giving more NSW employers and employees a chance to hear from Paralympians about the importance of workplace safety.
Paralympians participating in the Speakers Program and Back on Track mentoring propgram have included weightlifter Kahi Puru, archer John Marshall, volley-baller Nigel Smith, wheelchair rugby great Cameron Carr OAM, and wheelchair basketballers Sarah Stewart, Grant Mizens and Nick Taylor.
Australian Paralympic Committee CEO Lynn Anderson said, “The APC prides itself on providing opportunities to people with disabilities, and icare has proven that it, too, is dedicated to supporting the same cause by providing support to our Australian Paralympic athletes in Rio. We look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come”.