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Disability inclusion in beach precincts: beach for all abilities - a community development approach through a social relational model of disability lens

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-21, 13:24 authored by Darcy, S, Hazel MaxwellHazel Maxwell, M Edwards, Almond, B
In this paper we examine a community development approach to including people with disability in a sport context within beach precincts for a project called Beach for All Abilities. The aim of this research is to investigate innovative and transformative solutions that enable inclusion. The research design used multiple methods and data sources across 30 projects and three geographically diverse precincts. The theoretical framework brought together community development and the social relational model of disability to inform the research. The findings show how the funded organisation working in partnership with not-for-profit, commercial and government programs, facilitated processes and practices enabling greater access and inclusion for people with disability in the beach precincts. These included solutions to constraints in the built, outdoor and natural environments across mobility, vision, hearing, intellectual and mental health disability from low to very high support needs. Yet, the overall program had a major shortcoming in establishing ongoing beach-related activities for people with disability. The paper concludes with implications for longevity, limitations, and future research.


Publication title

Sport Management Review






School of Health Sciences


Taylor & Francis

Place of publication

United Kingdom

Rights statement

Copyright 2022 Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Organised sports; Disability and functional capacity