A $1 million partnership between WorkCover NSW and the Australian Paralympic Committee will provide an opportunity for paralympians to mentor injured young workers and those injured on the road. The announcement was made on Tuesday by NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet.
This program will be launched by Insurance & Care (icare), an insurance and care service provider at the inaugural Paralympian sports day challenge this year.
“Our Paralympians are heroes to our young people and pillars in our community, with their inspirational stories of struggle, sacrifice and achievement,” said Mr Perrottet.
“This partnership will give young injured people hope and encouragement by forging an invaluable connection with sporting heroes who have overcome similar experiences and achieved at the highest level.”
“Their well-placed support and guidance could make a lasting difference to a person’s life, especially for those at their most vulnerable.”
Mr Glenn Tasker, President of the Australian Paralympic Committee is pleased with the announcement will allow paralympians to inspire injured workers.
“We are very proud of our enduring and important relationship with the NSW Government and we are delighted that this announcement will provide our Paralympians with more opportunities to share their inspiring stories and support others who have been affected by serious accidents,” said Mr Tasker.
The Paralympian Speakers Program was started by Safety, Return to Work and Support CEO Vivek Bhatia, which is one of the government’s longest-running sponsorships. The program will now be re-named and managed by icare.
“For more than a decade, past and present sporting greats such as Leisl Tesch and Joany Badenhorst have been helping to build safer workplaces through the popular Paralympian Speakers Program,” said Mr Bhatia.
“Now we’re looking to build on the success of the almost 15-year partnership with a new program that will give young people seriously injured in road and workplace accidents access to Paralympians as mentors.”