The aim of the Mentor Program is to utilise knowledge from experienced athletes to support new and 'up and coming' athletes to excel in their chosen sport.
New CPSARA athletes are paired with more experienced CPSARA athletes. This includes supporting athletes who are wanting to get involved in a new sport or to support athletes in their current sport by nurturing their sporting endeavours.
The Mentor Program includes information about:
Upcoming competitions in your sport
Elite sport insights
The secondary aim is to have a support network of mentors to improve the experiences of participation in para sport from a junior level while also providing a network for connecting with other athletes with similar interests. This includes general advice from the mentors from their own personal experiences.
Who is involved
Mentors are athletes who have competed at a National or International level for several years
New CPSARA members (or current members who think they would benefit) who are looking to participate in sport or want support with their current sporting goals.
Do you want to join the mentor program as a mentor or a mentee?
Please contact CPSARA by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply just click the button below.
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Ben Atkins - Football
Personally, mentors have played a huge role for me on and off the pitch. Chris Pyne (current Pararoos Vice-Captain) taught me how to be comfortable with my cerebral palsy and that it doesn’t have to be a weakness or an insecurity; it can be your biggest strength! I’m a current Pararoo, average bloke and a decent listener. Never been talented but will take advice and work hard. Both qualities I feel are important are critically important to reach your goals.
Gordon Allan - Cycling
I am a 19-year-old para-athlete and I have competed in both track and road cycling since attending a Paralympic Talent Search day in 2011. I am a national champion on the road and track, and aim to represent my country at Paralympic Games and World Championships. Along with cycling 6 days a week, I am also a student at Western Sydney University where I’m currently studying a degree of Sport and Exercise Science. When I’m not studying or training, I enjoy watching and playing football, going to the beach and hanging out with mates.
Daniel Jennings - Athletics
I've been doing athletics for 11 years ( since I was 9 years old ). I first got into the sport after I was identified like many at a 'Come and Try' day at ES Marks where I first met my idol Kurt Fearnley. My highest level of competition would be the Pacific School games as a junior but more recently competing consistently at Open Nationals. If I'm not at the shot put ring, I love all sports but more specifically baseball, footy and basketball. In my free time I'm a uni student or you'll find me with mates playing PlayStation and just hanging out.
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Ben Sutton - Football
My name is Ben Sutton and I am 24 years old. I started playing sport when I was 4 years old, I didn’t start disabled sport though until I was 12 years old. I have played CP Football at the international stage, gaining 4 caps for my country in the recent tour to Argentina. I’m a football coach so football is my life. The sports I enjoy doing are football, basketball, cricket and tennis.
Rae Anderson - Athletics
I have a love for all things sport and outdoors! While I've been competing in athletics for 7 years, I have a background in team and snow sports too. I have a passion for motivating and supporting others in whatever they wish to pursue. I have competed in 2 World Championships, the Rio Paralympics and the Glasgow Comm Games in Discus, Javelin and Long Jump.