Everyone deserves a sporting chance Sat 7 July 2012 Lara Giddings Premier The Premier, Lara Giddings, today congratulated 18-year-old Launceston athlete Jarret Green on his sporting achievements, as she presented him with the 2012 Jim Bacon Memorial Award. Ms Giddings said the award is presented to a young person with a disability who has displayed sportsmanship, commitment and a spirit of fun in their sporting endeavours. Jarret participates in a diverse range of sports from swimming to soccer, tennis and basketball. "Jarret's commitment to training and competition, as well as his support and respect for peers and coaches makes him a worthy recipient of this award," Ms Giddings said. The award is an initiative of the Tasmanian Branch of the Lord's Taverners and includes a $1000 scholarship. "The Lord's Taverners provide an inspiring example to us all, through their commitment to giving those with a disability or disadvantage an opportunity to pursue their sporting passion," Ms Giddings said. "More than 20 per cent of Tasmanians have a disability and they deserve to share in the health and social benefits of sport and active recreation." Ms Giddings said Tasmanian Government was developing opportunities for participation through initiatives such as the Tasmanian Sport and Recreation Framework for People with a Disability. "The Tasmanian Government is collaborating with sporting organisations to build their awareness and capacity to include those with a disability in their clubs, competitions and social events. "Tasmanians expect a vibrant and inclusive community and I commend organisations such as the Lord's Taverners for their role in making this a reality."