Work­ing to­gether for good

Busi­nesses in­clud­ing ev­ery­one

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PER­SONAL trainer and ten­nis coach Glen Bowe has been recog­nised as the over­all Tweed Shire Ac­cess and In­clu­sion Award win­ner for 2018.

Glen, who owns Pos­i­tive Fit­ness, was recog­nised for his ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity par­tic­i­pate in ten­nis and gym pro­grams.

He also em­ploys peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties and autism in his busi­ness and has sup­ported many peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to ob­tain an in­ter­na­tional ten­nis coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion through the Aus­tralian Ten­nis Pro­fes­sional Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion.

This qual­i­fi­ca­tion en­ables par­tic­i­pants to seek em­ploy­ment as pro­fes­sional ten­nis coaches.

The 2018 Be­long­ing Award went to Kingscliff Per­form­ing Arts for sup­port­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to do dance.

Cudgen Leagues Club was recog­nised for the De­men­tia Friendly Com­mu­nity Award and the pres­i­dent of Blind Cit­i­zens Aus­tralia, Suzy Hud­son, re­ceived the Faye Druett Award for Ad­vo­cacy.

Pa­tron of the awards and para­triath­lete Bill Chaf­fey said these awards were im­por­tant to recog­nise those who had opened the door to more in­clu­sion in the com­mu­nity.

“How­ever, I look for­ward to the day when in­clu­sion is part of ev­ery­day life and we no longer need to hold Ac­cess and In­clu­sion Awards,” he said.

PHOTO: TIM MORRISSEY

BIG WIN: The win­ners of the 2018 Ac­cess and In­clu­sion Awards.

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