Organisers of the 2019 International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS) Global Games in Brisbane have marked two years to go by signing a deal with the Commonwealth Games.
The Global Games Sports Company (GGSC) and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will see both organisations share knowledge before, during and after the Commonwealth Games which take place from April 4 to 15.
The 2019 INAS Global Games will see more than 1,000 of the world's best athletes with an intellectual impairment compete across nine sports in the Australian city, which will also stage some events at Gold Coast 2018.
In addition, organisers will showcase the sports of netball, Australian rules football, cricket and hockey.
Demonstrations were held in Brisbane's King George Square today, allowing members of the public to try some of the sports for themselves.
Over the term of the agreement, the GGSC will work closely with GOLDOC and their workforce team.
They will identify opportunities for volunteers and paid team members to transition or re-engage with the 2019 INAS Global Games.
"This is a monumental occasion for the area of inclusion and testament to the role sport plays in Australia to provide opportunities and pathways for athletes with an impairment," said Robyn Smith, the chief executive of the GGSC.
"GOLDOC is committed to ensuring that the 2018 Commonwealth Games leaves a lasting legacy for all Australians on the power of sport to change lives."