Jay Larkins

Disability advocate and founder, Brisbane Paralympic Football Program

2023 QLD Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Jay Larkins has dedicated himself to helping people with disabilities live their best lives. 

He founded the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program (BPFP) in 2006 after he couldn’t find a community sports group willing to include his son Jarrod, who has cerebral palsy. 

Jay created the program so people of all abilities can stay active and engage in their community through sport. Through BPFP, Jarrod and many other young people with disabilities are going on to represent Australia in their chosen sports.  

Jay builds each participant's capacity, confidence and competence. His goal is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and their families. 

He’s also engaging with universities. Each year, more than 100 students from a range of faculties (from occupational therapy to law) join game sessions – providing opportunities for them to better understand individuals living with disability, something they’ll take through their careers.