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Adlab announced as official graphic designer

24 May 2017

Adlab has jumped on board as sponsor of graphic design services of the 2018 National Games, to be held in 11 months' time.

The Adelaide-based advertising, design and production agency is the brain child of Ashley and Kate Evans, and has provided services across Australia and overseas for more than 30 years.

“Adlab are renowned for their work in the industry, having received many accolades including the 2016 CCA Partner of the Year – Supply Continuity award,” said National Games Chairman Jehad Rasheed.

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Orana announced as families and supporters partner

9 May 2017

Special Olympics Australia has today announced Orana will be the Families and Supporters Partner for the 2018 National Games.

Orana Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Mihalaras said Orana hoped the partnership with Special Olympics Australia would help both organisations better support people with disability and their families.

“Orana has enjoyed a long partnership with Special Olympics South Australia, with our history together spanning more than eight years,” said Mr Mihalaras.

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Kevin Scarce announced as Patron of National Games

18 April 2017

Special Olympics Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Scarce as Games Patron for the National Games, taking place 16 – 18 April 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Born in South Australia, Mr Scarce has provided a powerful legacy to the State having served as the Governor of South Australia from 2007 – 2014. During this period, he was the Patron of Special Olympics South Australia and invited athletes and their families to Government House and attended many other events.

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Jasmine Anne Anstee | Patrick Bayliss | Nicholas Brown | Sarah Clarke | Tylar Donohoe | Molly Drinkwater | Sienna Durkin | Joseph Feather | Crystal Ferris | Toby Galper | Nicholas Goodwin | Alexander Grozdanis | Christopher HallGabriella Howells | Ruben Jacobs | Porscha Jimmieson | Caleb Jordan | Alex Jovcevski | Alex KennedyLachlan  Kennedy | Callum Kirby-Hays Amelia Mazzei | Samuel McDonald | Charles McFarlane | Thomas Mooney | Megan Nay | Harry Oxenbridge | Zachary Parker | Jamie Plunkett | Zac Phoo | Justine Scarra | Aaron ThurmerPeter Webb | Matthew Whawell | Chloe Williamson | Zach Wood | Chelsea York

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In March 2017, 12 athletes represented Australia at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. They brought home 10 medals, 14 ribbons and memories that will last a lifetime. Check out all the action including photos, media and results:

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SOA Participant camps provide a fully supported Wintersports experience. Participant camps include fully supported on and off snow support, ski equipment hire, lift pass, lessons, accommodation and meals.

These camps are focused on fun, creating an environment to realise a positive learning experience for everyone from the first-timer that has never seen snow to the seasoned skier that is looking to have a week or weekend away with friends and to meet new people.

SOA DEVELOPMENT CAMPS

The SOA Development camps provide training opportunities for athletes wishing to develop their skills in preparation for competition. This program provides a pathway for competition and aims to teach race-specific skills. Athletes will participate in small training groups, receiving SOA Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding coaching to enhance ski technique and provide racing practice through a specifically developed training program for Special Olympics competition.  

Minimum skiing ability and independence standards apply for participation in SOA Development camps.  Athletes will need to demonstrate they meet these standards, either from past involvement in the program at a recreation camp, or relevant case. These standards are: 

-          Confident blue terrain skier, linking parallel turns

-          Able to ride the lift without assistance

-          Able to put on own ski gear/equipment without (or very minimal) assistance

-          Requires limited off-snow care in performing daily routine (e.g. general hygiene, eating, etc.)

2017 Wintersports Camps Dates and Pricing

Please see dates and approximate pricing below. Click here to complete the expression of interest by May 8th 2017.

Once all camp numbers are confirmed Special Olympics Australia will provide update on final pricing for each camp. Please note pricing excludes airfares for interstate athletes. All athletes are required to be a current SOA and DWA registered athlete.

 

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Special Olympics Australia is looking to grow and develop its Wintersports program so we are looking for people who are interested in becoming State Coordinators, coaches, on-snow support and off-snow support. Click here to see an outline of what the roles involve.

If you would like to volunteer at a Wintersports camp in 2017 please click here to complete your online expression of interest by 8 May 2017.

If you have any questions please contact Lauren Camino, National Sport and Event Program Manager on 1300 225 762.

WHERE AND WHEN

WHERE AND WHEN

 Wednesday 10 May 2017

The Pullman, Brisbane

7.00am - 9.00am

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Wednesday 10 May 2017

The Pullman, Brisbane

7.00am – 9.00am

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Saturday 9 September 2017

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Registration and Networking from 6am
Breakfast: 7.20am – 9.20am

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Friday 18 August 2017

Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney

7:00pm till late

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Join us at the 12th annual Special Olympics Australia Signature Dinner (formerly known as the Variety Dinner). Hosted by one of Australia’s most respected music directors, long-term friend and ambassador Mr John Foreman, we promise you a great night of fun-filled entertainment with outstanding guest performers including, Isaiah Firebrace, 2017 Eurovision Contestant; Iva Davies AM, Icehouse front man; Trevor Ashley, Performer and Drag Artist; Tim Campbell, TV and stage actor and singer; Rebecca De Unamuno, Australian Actress and Comedian; and the Special Olympics Dance Performance Group!

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Iva Davies AM  – Ice House front man

Isaiah Firebrace – Winner 2016 X Factor ; Finalist in the 2017 Eurovision

Tim Campbell – Australian television and stage actor and singer

Rebecca De Unamuno – Australian Actress and Comedian

Trevor Ashley – Australian Performer and Drag ArtistThe Boys in the Band

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Mitzi Gardner – Violinist – Sydney Conservatorium of Music Rising Stars Program

WHERE AND WHEN

Thursday 3 August 2017

Hellenic Club, Canberra

12pm - 3pm

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Celebrating it's 10th year, the Canberra Sports Lunch provides an outstanding afternoon of food, drinks and entertainment at the iconic Hellenic Club in the heart of Canberra. Join corporates, sports personalities, Special Olympics Australia athletes and many more to celebrate the joy sport brings to so many while raising vital funds.

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Tim Gavel
Tim is ABC Radio Sport's broadcaster in Canberra. Nicknamed "Tireless" because of his seeming ability to work 24 hours a day, seve days a week, calling rugby league, rugby union and cricket for ABC Grandstand. He has been part of ABC Radio's broadcast team for several Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and somehow he also manages to find time to jog, cycle and compete in the occasioinal half-marathon. Tim is a great friend and Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia. Tim's favourite sporting moments are: The 1989 Rugby League Grand Final with Balmain vs Canberra; Kieren Perkins' 1500m swim at the Atlanta Olympic Games; Australia winning the America's Cup in 1983.

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Adam Goodes
 

WHERE AND WHEN

Friday 28 July 2017

Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

12pm Registration
12:30 - 3pm Lunch

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WHERE AND WHEN

Friday 23 June 2017

Arts Centre, Melbourne

7am Networking / Registration,
Breakfast: 7.30am – 9am

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WHERE AND WHEN

Friday 26 May 2017

Epicure

6pm - 10pm

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WHERE AND WHEN

Friday 2 June 2017

Hyatt Regency, Sydney

12pm: Networking and registrations
1pm – 3pm: Lunch

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Thursday 4 May 2017

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Registration and Networking from 6am
Breakfast: 7.20am – 9.20am

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Professor Charlie Teo MBBS, FRACS Neurosurgeon
Professor Charlie Teo MBBS - FRACS Neurosurgeon is the only Australian neurosurgeon to be Board Certified in both Australia and the United States. He has been invited to many distinguished universities in more than 50 countries as Visiting Professor, including Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Stanford universities in the USA, Marburg University in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Professor Teo primarily works at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney and has established the internationally acclaimed Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, extending the lives of many children and adults with brain tumours, some of which may have been previously considered to be 'inoperable'.

Professor Teo will be part of a panel discussion on 'Player Wellness' with National Rugby League (NRL) CEO Todd Greenberg, Karyn Murphy from the NRL integrity unit and Cronulla Sharks NRL player Luke Lewis.

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James Bracey
James is the host of Nine’s National Rugby League coverage and The Sunday Footy Show in 2017. Hailing from Gosford, NSW, his passion for rugby league developed while growing up on the hill at North Sydney Oval watching his beloved North Sydney Bears. Bracey graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2005 with a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), after joining Sky News as a sports reporter and presenter in 2004. He stayed there almost 13 years, building an impeccable pedigree as a sports broadcaster. In 2008, he won the Swimming Australia Media Award for his coverage of swimming leading up to and during the Beijing Olympic Games. He then covered the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games for Foxtel. In 2012, Bracey covered the London Olympics for Foxtel and Sky News and co-hosted London Calling. His work on the Games was acknowledged in 2013 with a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Sports Coverage. As well three Summer Olympics (Beijing, London, Rio 2016), two Winter Olympics (Vancouver, Sochi 2014), and a Commonwealth Games, Bracey also covered the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. In December 2016, he was announced as the host of Nine’s rugby league coverage, joining the famous Wide World of Sports team that includes Ray Warren, Peter Sterling, Phil Gould, Andrew Johns, Wally Lewis, Brad Fittler and Darren Lockyer.

 

CHALLENGE COMPLETE!

After a little over 6 hours I stumbled across the finish line at the Hawaiian Ironman 70.3 for 2017: happy and proud to support our Special Olympics Australia athletes. Thank you to each and every person who supports this wonderful cause.

The Hawaiian Ironman 70.3 held me to the Special Olympics athletes motto: let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt. Taking me 6 hours and 43 minutes, it involved a 1.9km ocean swim along the Kona coastline, a 90km bike course through black lava fields swept by the notorious Kama’kani winds, culminating in a 21.1km run in part tracking the historic Ala Loa Foot trail. Undertaking this race was a commitment that pushed me well past my comfort zone, but this is only a shadow of the challenges that many people with an intellectual disability face in their daily lives.

Thanks for supporting me on this journey. You can still make a tax-deductible donation to Special Olympics Australia below.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

It is an honour to be Chairman of Special Olympics Australia, an organisation that harnesses the power of sport to change the lives of people with an intellectual disability, their families and friends. There are 600,000 people with an intellectual disability in Australia, our largest disability population, and another person is diagnosed every two hours. Special Olympics Australia supports these people: whether they want to win gold for Australia, or just enjoy the health and social benefits of playing sport in their local community.

I have committed to raising much needed funds for Special Olympics Australia by participating in an annual challenge during my tenure as Chairman.

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The Laugh Out Loud (LOL) Corporate Breakfast is an event that will keep you smiling all day! The concept was initiated by a small number of people over a business lunch and eight years on and we are still laughing! The breakfast has grown into one of Western Sydney’s largest breakfasts, attracting 600 business people and is a must on the corporate event calendar. The event falls within the Comedy Festival each year and has partnered with The Comedy Company who provide several comedians each year to give plenty of laughs over your breakfast. This is fun, unique event which raises much-needed funds for Special Olympics Australia. Join us on 4 May 2017 at ANZ Stadium for the 8th Annual Laugh Out Loud Corporate Breakfast.

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Tahir Bilgic
Tahir is one of Australia’s finest comedians and a huge supporter and Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia. He has been nominated for a Logie and named Comedian of the Year. Tahir has been a feature act in comedy venues around Australia and made numerous television appearances. He has been booked for countless private and corporate functions, is a regular at major comedy festivals and appeared at Celebrity Theatre Sports. Tahir has been involved in some of the most successful stage and screen productions in the country. As a performer, actor, writer and director, he is constantly in demand and is a proven performer both nationally and internationally. Co-creators and star of the hit comedy "Fat Pizza" and "Housos" and Co Creator of "Here Come The Habibs".

Rob Shehadie
Rob Shehadie is no stranger to the Special Olympics Australia family as he has been a great supporter and ambassador for over 5years. Rob is a well known actor, stand-up comedian, MC and writer. He is famous for starring in the hit shows Fat Pizza, Housos and the Succesful Channel 9 Hit show that he also created along with Tahir “Here Come the Habibs”. Rob has also toured Australia with several stage shows and made thousands of appearances at schools, clubs and charity events. He Is also the Face of TAFE NSW with his award winning campaign encouraging people to study and to get into the workforce. Rob has been a major part of NRL Rugby League and Cricket Australia, entertaining and as MC to the crowds that attend the games. He has worked for the Western Sydney Wanderers, Parramatta EELS, Canterbury Bulldogs, and the NRL finals series, State of Origin and Test matches. He was also part of the Cricket Big Bash League representing Sydney Thunder at ANZ Stadium. Over the years Rob has also done cameo appearances on Bondi Rescue – Channel Ten, Renovation Rescue – Channel Nine, Australian Idol – Channel Ten, The Footy Show (NRL) – Channel Nine, Music Max – Foxtel, Swift and Shift – SBS TV, Bogan Hunters – Channel 7mate, Housos Vs Authority – feature film and Fat Pizza Vs Housos – feature film. Rob Shehadie has many future projects in the pipeline and is sure to keep providing laughter for Australians. He’s made us laugh in the past and will guarantee to make us laugh in the future

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We will be joined by comedians from the Sydney Comedy Festival. Please check back with us closer to the date to see who will be performing.

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Adlab announced as the official graphic designer for 2018 National Games

24 May 2017 | Adlab has jumped on board as sponsor of graphic design services of the 2018 National Games, to be held in 11 months’ time.

The Adelaide-based advertising, design and production agency is the brain child of Ashley and Kate Evans, and has provided services across Australia and overseas for more than 30 years.

National Games Chairman, Jehad Rasheed, said he was looking forward to seeing Adlab’s creative ideas for the 2018 National Games come to fruition.

“Adlab are renowned for their work in the industry, having received many accolades including the 2016 CCA Partner of the Year – Supply Continuity award,” said Mr Rasheed.

“We are very thankful to Ashley, Kate and the team for providing all graphic design work pro-bono, and are very excited to see what they’ve got in store for the Games.”

Adlab co-founder, Ashley Evans, said the team couldn’t wait to get started on the production of materials for the sporting event.

“What an opportunity! We are honoured to join forces with Special Olympics Australia and to start working on several key graphic design initiatives, which will include rolling out the design and layout of the official Games program and certificates.” said Mr Evans.

Photo: Ashley Evans, Owner of Adlab (left), with Jehad Rasheed, Chairman National Games 2018 (right) during the announcement of the partnership.

Orana announced as Families and Supporters Partner for 2018 National Games

9 May 2017 | Special Olympics Australia has today announced Orana will be the Families and Supporters Partner for the 2018 National Games, taking place in Adelaide (16 – 20 April 2018).

Orana Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Mihalaras said Orana hoped the partnership with Special Olympics would help both organisations better support people with disability and their families.

“Orana has enjoyed a long partnership with Special Olympics South Australia, with our history together spanning more than eight years,” said Mr Mihalaras.

“It’s such a special organisation which provides support and confidence to many of our clients and their families. So as soon as I heard the Games were coming to SA, I said, ‘we’re in’.”

“We are also passionate about getting to know more people, in South Australia and around the country, to help provide any support and assistance we can ahead of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) coming to adults in July 2017.”

“Many families say we are an extension of their own, and this is something we are very proud to hear. I look forward to catching up with old friends, and making new ones at the Games next year.”

Special Olympics Australia National Games Chairman Jehad Rasheed said they were honoured to extend the existing relationship with Orana, who have sponsored the Community SportsLink program for years.

“We are very fortunate to have had the ongoing support of Orana, and look forward to working closely with the team in the lead up to the Games,” said Mr Rasheed

“Without the financial assistance of organisations like Orana, we would not be able to host the Games and bring so much joy, confidence and opportunity to athletes from around the country.”

Photo: Nick Mihalaras, CEO Orana Incorporated (left), Jehad Rasheed, Chairman 2018 National Games (right).

About Orana

Orana provides employment, training, housing, respite and life skills support to South Australians with disability. The organisation provides people with disability the chance to live and work as part of their community as independently as possible and become valued and productive community members. For more information, please visit www.oranaonline.com.au

Kevin Scarce announced as Patron of National Games

18 April 2017 | Special Olympics Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Scarce as Games Patron for the National Games, taking place 16 – 18 April 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Born in South Australia, Mr Scarce has provided a powerful legacy to the State having served as the Governor of South Australia from 2007 – 2014. During this period, he was the Patron of Special Olympics South Australia and invited athletes and their families to Government House and attended many other events.

“I enjoyed developing a rapport with many of the South Australian athletes in this period who we saw frequently. Seeing how much pleasure they got from the competition, and watching them develop over the years as they travelled interstate and overseas to participate was simply wonderful,” said Mr Scarce.

As Patron for the 2018 National Games, Mr Scarce will work to engage new and existing partners with the National Games and help raise awareness, funds and community support for the upcoming event.

“The National Games give our athletes enormous pleasure and self-confidence, and just seeing them participate is something that is worthy of us all supporting,” continued Mr Scarce.

“When I was asked to be Patron for the 2018 National Games, I was delighted to assist. In this role, I hope that we can generate publicity and financial support to ensure the Games are successful and that our athletes reach their full potential.”

Mr Scarce was the youngest South-Australian-born governor and the first Royal Australian Navy Officer appointed to the position, and has since remained a significant philanthropic and business leader.

He is now the Chairman of the Cancer Council in South Australia, helping support the organisation’s fundraising, research, education and services. Scarce is also the President of the Novita Children’s Services, an ambassador for Impact 100 (a sub fund for the Australian Communities Foundation) and an Operation Flinders board member.

Jehad Rasheed, Special Olympics Australia National Games Chairman, said the organising committee were thrilled to announce Mr Scarce’s appointment as Patron for the 2018 National Games.

Special Olympics Australia’s 11th National Games will take place 16 – 20 April, 2018.

Special Olympics Australia announces Chairman for 2018 National Games

7 February 2017 | Special Olympics Australia has announced Jehad Rasheed as its Chairman for the Special Olympics Australia National Games, to be held in April 2018.

Since 2009, Mr Rasheed has been a powerful advocate for Special Olympics Australia. He joined the Board of Special Olympics South Australia in 2010, has personally raised $40,000 to celebrate the organisation’s 40th anniversary and provided merchandise and onsite support for thousands of athletes, families and volunteers attending the 2010 National Games.

 “I remember turning up to the Games back in 2010 to deliver the games promotional merchandise. I was only meant to stay for half an hour, but I ended up pitching in and staying for four days. During the game, Chris Lemm asked me if I was interested in joining the Board – and the rest is history,” said Mr Rasheed.

Together with his wife Sarah, Mr Rasheed provides an annual scholarship program to assist athletes from lower socioeconomic backgrounds participate in Special Olympics’ year-round competition. Six outstanding South Australia athletes have already benefited from the scholarship program.

Outside of Special Olympics Australia, Mr Rasheed is a keen coach & spectator of football, golf, soccer and tennis. He has worked as a coach with the Norwood Football Club’s U17 along with mentoring players at the Port Adelaide Football Club. He also brings more than 20 years’ experience business acumen, having run his own promotional marketing business and worked as a Sales Manager for blue chip companies Corporate Express Promotional Marketing and Sara Lee Household & Body Care.

“Over the past eight years, I have fallen in love with Special Olympics Australia – it is an organisation that grounds me as a person and it is a cause that has captured my heart. I am truly honoured to become the Chairman of the 2018 National Games and hope to do the job justice in the coming 14 months.”

Mr Rasheed also praised the National Games event for giving athletes the opportunity to achieve their personal best, build lifetime friendships and develop personal skill for the future.

“I am looking forward to supporting Bredette Koen and her National Games team to create the most memorable event to date, especially as it will be held in my home town of Adelaide, South Australia.”

Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Australia Corene Strauss welcomed the appointment of Mr Rasheed to the 2018 National Games.

“We are delighted with Jehad’s appointment as Chairman of the Special Olympics 2018 National Games. His love of sport, passion for our athletes and close ties to the South Australian community makes him the perfect choice. He understands why we exist as an organisation, and how the Games are just one opportunity for our athletes to build confidence and friendships that will set them up for a lifetime,” said Ms Strauss.

As Chairman, Mr Rasheed will oversee National Games Board of 10-12 members and provide support to the National Games team as they head to Adelaide in 2018.

Special Olympics Australia’s 11th National Games will take place 16 – 20 April, 2018. For more information, please contact Games Director, Bredette Koen on bredettek@specialolympics.com.au.

Pictured: Special Olympics Australia 2018 National Games new Chairman Jehad Rasheed with two athletes, Charlie Wilkins and Ben Paior. Mr Rasheed first met the pair in 2009, and has watched them grow and develop over the past eight years. 

Our Board

Jehad Rasheed, Special Olympics Australia 11th National Games Chairman

Jehad is a long-serving and powerful advocate for Special Olympics Australia, bringing years of leadership and management experience to his position as Chairman for the 11th National Games. He has held positions on the State Board, Committee Management Team and Executive Leadership Team of Special Olympics South Australia over the past seven years, as well as personally raising $40,000 to celebrate the organisation’s 40th anniversary. In his former role as Director of The Promotion Centre and PPI Promotion and Apparel, Jehad also provided merchandise and onsite support for thousands of athletes, families and volunteers attending the 2010 National Games.

Corene Strauss, Special Olympics Australia Chief Executive Officer

Corene is a passionate cause-related marketing and management professional who spent seven years as National Marketing Manager for Legacy Australia where she unified the organisation, increased donations and partnerships. Her most recent role was as Chief Executive Officer of the Men of League Foundation which she brought back into positive revenue by increasing income streams, growing members and embedding the funding received by the NRL into the organisation. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Special Olympics Australia in February 2016.

Jack Hombsch

Jack Hombsch is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was twice awarded the John McCarthy Medal for his work in the community and announced as a grand finalist for the prestigious Jim Stynes Community Leadership Awards in 2016. With his younger brother Todd living with Down Syndrome, Jack is passionate about supporting those living with an intellectual disability to participate and achieve. 

Jenny Daly

Jenny is a qualified public relations practitioner who has been involved in the successful management of major events for more than 25 years. She has managed a myriad of events including the SA Tourism Awards, Tour Down Under, and most recently the Cricket World Cup. Notably, Jenny was the Event Director for Adelaide's hosting of the highly successful 2010 National Games and as such brings valuable skills, experience and contacts for the upcoming 2018 Games. She currently works at Prince Alfred College where she is conducting their 150 Anniversary celebrations across 2017 - 19.

Kelly Robson

For the past five and a half years, Kelly has held a general management position at Dr Jones & Partners where she manages all doctor related functions including financial management, strategic workforce planning, recruitment, change management and business planning. She is currently completing training with the Governor’s Leadership Foundation, having received accreditation from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has worked across a diverse range of ownership and management structures including privately owned, ASX listed companies and in Local Government.  She has experience in Banking and Finance after working at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for eight years.

Lachy Woollett

Lachy has been selected as Athlete Representative on the Board. He has been involved with Special Olympics for 12 years, competing in a number of State, National, Invitational and International games. Lachy travelled to South Korea in 2013 as a SOA Athlete Ambassador where he participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the World Winter Games. In 2007, Lachy travelled to Shanghai, China to compete in the SO World Summer Games, where his team became the first ever Australian Men's Basketball team to win a gold medal on the world stage. Lachy and mentor, Max Sharpe, look forward to be the voice of the Special Olympics Athletes on the Games Board.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Linda Williams

Linda Williams APM has been Deputy Commissioner of South Australia Police since July 2015, managing all state wide police activities and operations to satisfy existing and emerging community needs. Her executive responsibilities include representing the state on the Australia New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) and being Chairperson of the ANZCTC Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Security Sub Committee. With 35 years of policing experience, including five years in SAPOL’s senior management and executive team, Linda’s extensive career history spans all essential policing areas. Linda is a member of the Police Health Board, a highly respected leader and career role model for women in policing and government generally.

Mandy Milligan

Mandy has been the Business Development Manager at Events South Australia for close to nine years. Representing South Australia Tourism Commission, Mandy brings with her valuable knowledge on the local events landscape, sponsor rights and stakeholder engagement.

Nat Cook

In December 2014, Nat was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Fisher. Nat is an active community member, and is committed to supporting policy and strategies which support the positive connection between health, education, community connectedness, safety and wellbeing. Nat with husband Neil Davis founded the Sammy D Foundation in 2008 after their son Sam died as a result of a violent and unprovoked one punch assault. She worked as a nurse for 28 years, holding positions as an after-hours nursing coordinator, retrieval nurse, intensive care nurse, rehabilitation and general registered nurse. 

Special Olympics Australia announces Chairman for 2018 National Games

Tuesday 8 February 2017

Special Olympics Australia has announced Jehad Rasheed as its Chairman for the Special Olympics Australia National Games, to be held in April 2018.

Since 2009, Mr Rasheed has been a powerful advocate for Special Olympics Australia. He joined the Board of Special Olympics South Australia in 2010, has personally raised $40,000 to celebrate the organisation’s 40th anniversary and provided merchandise and onsite support for thousands of athletes, families and volunteers attending the 2010 National Games.

Click here to find out more about the Chairman.

Ben's Story

Ben Haack is one of our Special Olympics Australia Board Members. But he first joined us as an athlete when at 17 he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.

Ben was already a keen cricket and football player, yet he says he struggled to find his place on the sports field – and off it. 

"I was nothing, that is according to society, to teachers, to coaches and to my fellow peers. I was bullied, urinated on, abused, misunderstood, and neglected.

I have major difficulty at times understanding instructions and interpreting things like body language and jokes. This meant that in school I was the butt of jokes and put downs. This also meant that I struggled with school work and understanding coaches … I quite often got abuse and frustration from them."

Then finally Ben’s Asperger’s was discovered, and he started playing soccer with Special Olympics Australia. In this welcoming environment he thrived. 

“It was the first time Ben could go to a place and he wasn’t judged,” says his mum Cheryl. 

Ben says, “I found a place to belong. Mum says it was when my life truly began and I agree … And by taking pride in myself through my sporting achievements, my life has improved in so many ways. I now have a sense of possibility, I am able to set new goals and achieve them, because I finally have opportunities, and the support to try.”

16 years later, Ben has represented Australia on multiple occasions – a highlight was vice-captaining the Australian Cricket Team that won the bronze medal at the first Cricket World Cup in Mumbai, India, in 2006.

He is also helping other people with an intellectual disability to find their strengths in sport. Along with working at Gold Coast Recreation and Sport, he sits on our Board, is a volunteer coach with his local Special Olympics Australia club, and is a global advocate for our movement. 

10 year old Alex is one of many young athletes living with an intellectual disability that Ben hopes to reach out to. Before Alex joined Special Olympics Australia, his mum Tracey had nearly despaired of finding a swimming group that would accept him. He never quite fitted in. He needed extra support and his first competition with us showed just how much it helps to believe in athletes and not give up on them. 

“Alex had become a little distressed and anxious over the number of people there, the strange environment and the loud buzzer to start the races. He also had an allergic reaction to the water chemicals,” his mum says.

“I took him outside to relax him and one of his swimming coaches Judy came chasing after with medicine for his allergies and stayed with him until his first race. Judy never left his side. Not only did she help Alex, she really helped me, as I was starting to worry.”

Alex came 2nd that day, a fantastic achievement. The same way that Ben ended up playing for Australia – and much more – there is no saying how far sport could take Alex now.

Please give today so that more people with an intellectual disability are given the chance to take part in sport and achieve their personal best – in sport and in life. Click here to donate.

In Australia we believe in a fair go for all. But the reality is that people with an intellectual disability are often unfairly excluded from sport and its huge array of physical, emotional and social benefits. This can happen because of ignorance of others or simply a mindset that focuses on what people can’t do, rather than what they can.

Your donation today will open the door to more people with an intellectual disability being able to find, develop and take pride in their sporting abilities, through Special Olympics Australia’s weekly training, coaching and competition network across Australia.

First inclusive Games logo

Taste Creative have partnered with Special Olympics Australia to create the first inclusive Games logo. Taste Creative recruited renowned Sydney-based artist and long-time friend of Taste and Bus Stop, Digby Webster, to bring the logo to life. Digby is an artist with Down syndrome who has had his amazing work showcased in an impressive number of exhibitions across the country. Working closely with Creative Director, Henry Smith, Digby painted his creative expression of South Australia capturing perfectly the texture, colour and vibrancy of South Australia’s offering. Combined with the 2018 Games identity silhouette it brings to life the joy and enthusiasm of Special Olympics. This really is a big step forward for inclusive creative and demonstrates Special Olympics Australia’s commitment to people with intellectual disability.

 
 

Donate

By donating to the National Games 2018, you will directly support the cost of athlete accommodation, transportation, catering and insurance for the five-day event.

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Volunteer

The National Games is a huge event and we need 900 “game changers” to bring the Games to life. Game changers who donate their time will gain valuable events, logistics and customer service experience, as well as fond memories that will last a lifetime. There’s a wide variety of opportunities available and you can give as much or as little time as you like. To sign up click here.

Volunteer positions are available in the following areas:

- Family and siblings
- Information technology
- Logistics and support services
- Marketing and media
- Medical and welfare services
- Special events
- Spectator services
- Sports and competition
- Team liaison and support
- Volunteer liaison and support

Volunteer Enquiry

Partner

The National Games is a wonderful opportunity for companies to demonstrate social responsibility, diversity and corporate volunteering strategies. Please express your interest to become an event partner and we will be in touch shortly to create an opportunity tailored to your company’s strategic objectives.

Partner Enquiry

Education

One of the greatest challenges faced by people with an intellectual disability is getting others to see past the disability. Together we can overcome this barrier by teaching the importance of acceptance, understanding and open mindedness. Special Olympics Australia believes playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. To support this principle, we are partnering with mainstream schools and those with specialist education facilities to play sport. Please get in touch if your school would like to get involved.

Education Enquiry

Welcome to Adelaide

Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city, soak up the sun at one of our picture-perfect metropolitan beaches, join the party at our immersive festivals and events, or spend the night exploring our thriving restaurant and bar scene. There’s a world of experiences right at your fingertips – experience it all in Adelaide.

Award-winning restaurants and bustling bars

Our city streets are overflowing with boutique bars and world-class restaurants. Some of the best places to grab a bite can be found on Gouger Street, Rundle Street and King William Road. Leigh Street, Peel Street and Ebenezer Place are small bar hotspots, with some of our coolest places tucked away in basements, behind secret doors and down unmarked alleyways.

A Great Wine Capital of the World

Adelaide has been recognised as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World – a network of nine major global cities that share a common feature: their internationally renowned wine regions. With 200 stunning cellar doors only a short drive away from the CBD and 18 world-renowned wine regions nearby, it's no surprise why.

Sun and surf at our city beaches

With so many exceptional beaches, so close to the city, Adelaide’s sand and surf are virtually inescapable. From Brighton’s meandering Esplanade to Glenelg’s beachside café culture, you’re never too far from our pristine coast. Jump in the car, chuck on your bathers and within the hour you’ll be sprawled on a towel in the sun at Semaphore or perfecting your freestyle at Henley.

Australia’s festival capital

In January, February and March, when nights are at their longest and balmiest, Adelaide enters party overdrive. In the space of a few months, our capital is host to the massive Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, WOMADelaide, Santos Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 Adelaide. And it doesn’t stop there. The Cabaret Festival and Guitar Festival warm up the (very mild) winter months, while OzAsia, film festivals and Feast festival kick-off in spring. Our events, festivals and festivities run all year-round.

The Adelaide Hills – a picture-perfect escape

Put a day aside, leave your schedule behind and tour the Adelaide Hills. Wind your way down leafy lanes, stopping at villages dappled in light. Dine at restaurants serving some of South Australia’s best produce. Wineries beckon from leafy groves, eager for you to sample one of their cool-climate drops. The Adelaide Hills are home to Cleland and Gorge wildlife parks where you can get up-close and personal with our wildlife, only minutes away from the city.

From boutique to budget – accommodation in Adelaide

Adelaide is home to a wide range of hotels, motels and self-contained apartment accommodation. The Hilton Adelaide, Mayfair Hotel and Playford Hotel are top picks, with plenty of options in the city centre, as well as hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in surrounding suburbs.

Adelaide is a one-stop destination for culture-rich city life, world-class wine and unbeatable gourmet produce. From the hills, to the city, to the sea, there’s so much, so close to Adelaide and it's all yours to enjoy.

National Games enquiries

Bredette Koen 
Games Director
0450 009 273
bredettek@specialolympics.com.au | nationalgames@specialolympics.com.au
Gareth Hogan
Operations Manager
0436 481 485
garethh@specialolympics.com.au
Moira Ryde
Games Sports Manager
sport@specialolympics.com.au
Lachy Woollett
Athlete Representative
onlyathletes@specialolympics.com.au

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Join Special Olympics Australia

If you, or someone you know, has an intellectual disability come and join our welcoming sporting community. Find out all about it at www.specialolympics.com.au.

Competition Sports

Competitors at the 2018 National Games will compete across 11 official Special Olympics Australia sports:

Athletics
Basketball
Bocce
Equestrian
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Sailing
Swimming
Tenpin Bowling
Tennis

Demonstration Sport

Table Tennis

The National Games

Few sporting events can match the social and emotional impact of the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Every four years, hundreds of athletes with an intellectual disability from all over Australia demonstrate their skills and sportsmanship at the Special Olympics Australia National Games, the flagship event of Special Olympics Australia.

For athletes it’s the culmination of years of regular and dedicated training.
For families it inspires hope for a future.
For volunteers it provides a joyous outlet for their generosity.
For media and supporters it celebrates achievement over adversity.
For sponsors it showcases corporate social responsibility and diversity strategies to engaged and potentially new audiences.

History of the National Games

The 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide will be the 11th National Games. The first National Games were held in Launceston, Tasmania from 21-22 November 1986 where 200 athletes from Australia and New Zealand competed in aquatics, athletics, football (indoor soccer) and gymnastics. The previous host cities of the National Games are:

1986 Launceston, Tasmania
1988 Sydney, NSW
1990 Melbourne, VIC
1992 Brisbane, Queensland
1994 Perth, WA
1998 Hobart, Tasmania
2002 Sydney, NSW
2006 Gold Coast, Queensland
2010 Adelaide, SA
2014 Melbourne, VIC

Special Olympics Australia

Special Olympics Australia provides weekly sports training and regular competition for people with an intellectual disability, giving them opportunities to reach their personal best in sport and life.

Despite what many people think, we’re not the Paralympics. The Paralympics is for elite athletes, mainly with physical disability. Special Olympics is for people with intellectual disability.

At Special Olympics Australia everyone with an intellectual disability is welcome. Some participants join to have fun, make friends and enjoy the warmth of a welcoming community, while others are focussed on winning and receiving medals.

We’re not just a major sports event. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training in multiple sports as well as competition at local, state, national and international level. The pinnacle of our competition ladder is the World Games which is hosted on a four-year cycle in summer and winter sports. We also provide health and leadership programs.

Almost 600,000 Australians have an intellectual disability. They are the largest disability population in the country and the world, and in Australia another child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability every two hours.

People with intellectual disability can learn new skills and can accomplish goals. They just learn differently, or need more time or support to succeed.

Our focus is to make ability visible. Unlike physical disability, intellectual disability is sometimes invisible.

“Special Olympics Australia is a great organisation that makes a difference to the lives of so many people. I'm always inspired by the achievements of athletes and amazed at the skills of my fellow volunteers. I’m pleased to have found a rewarding role at Special Olympics Australia and I’m particularly excited by the National Games in Adelaide where 1,000 sportsmen and women with an intellectual disability will demonstrate their talent and determination in 11 sports, with the support of 900 fantastic volunteers. The Games represent the culmination of four years of training and will be a fantastic celebration of achievement which I encourage everyone to support.”

 

Peter Overton, Ambassador

Peter is one of the most respected and well-known journalists on Australian TV having anchored Nine’s nightly news bulletin since 2009 and topped the ratings since 2011. Peter became the first national Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia in December 2001 and regularly supports and attends competitions and events.

“The National Games will showcase the talents, skills, dedication and achievements of the athletes of Special Olympics Australia. Competitions, like the National Games, mean a lot to athletes. They make them feel valued and gives them a place to belong as part of a team and as part of the worldwide Special Olympics family. Fantastic memories that will stick forever and new friendships that will last a lifetime will be made at these Games. Athletes will be brave in their attempts and will take pride in showing Australia what they can accomplish with understanding and encouragement. Please support us on this exciting journey that will culminate in a fantastic celebration of ability in Adelaide.”

 

Lachlan Woollett, Board Member and athlete

Lachlan from Adelaide has over a decade of success on the sporting field and now he’s leading the way off the field as a Board Member for the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Lachlan is familiar with the thrill of the National Games having competed at two previous Games. He will bring a unique view to the Board as the athlete representative.

The first inclusive Games logo

Thursday 27 October 2016

The 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games logo was co-created by Henry Smith from Taste Creative and renowned artist and former Special Olympics Australia athlete Digby Webster. Digby is known for his bold and colourful oil pastel and ink artwork and has had his artwork showcased in an impressive number of exhibitions across the country.

The logo silhouette captures the joy of movement that comes from sport. The triumphant stance evokes expressions from sport: a victorious athlete crossing the finish line, slam-dunking of a basketball, leaping for joy or cheering on from the sidelines. It captures the joy, enthusiasm and celebration of Special Olympics Australia while also referencing a flickering flame, a nurturing hand of support and a heart.

Click here to find out more about the logo.

Adelaide to host National Games

Thursday 27 October 2016

Adelaide has been announced as the host city of the 11th Special Olympics Australia National Games. From 16-20 April 2018, almost 1,000 athletes with an intellectual disability will come together in Adelaide to demonstrate their sporting skills in 11 sports: athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, equestrian, football, gymnastics, swimming, sailing, tennis and tenpin bowling. The National Games is the culmination of a four year training and competition cycle and the qualifying event for athletes with an intellectual disability to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games which are next scheduled for 2019.

Click here to see photos from the launch.

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Western Australia

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Aquatics

Blake Veaney | Garrick Snell | Kim-Heula Smith | Peter Furnell

Athletics

Andrea Penny | Christie Erenshaw | Josef Bandera | Louise Whait

Victoria

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Aquatics

Angus Kilpatrick | Anna Leighton | Christian Leris | Katrina Thorpe | Kenny Fung | Matthew Manek | Poppe-Simone Sakr | Primrose Ritchie | Robert Goodrem | Stephanie Duff | Steven White | Tara Smith | Timothy Bassili | Victoria Emmett | Zachary Flint

Athletics

Adrian Salvatore | Jessica Blakeley | Katrina Hughes | Lily Worrall | Peter Thomas | Samantha Bradfield | Stephen Vivian | Timothy Chaplin

Tasmania

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Aquatics

Aran Miller | Jacquie Spencer | Linda Cox | Timothy Beattie

South Australia

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Aquatics

Adrian Langford | Alicia Martino | Charlie Wilkins | Danah Gobbett

Athletics

Amechai Bawden | Ben Paior-Smith | Holly Taylor | Paul Leikas

Queensland

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Aquatics

Alison Wright | Chloe Baldwin | Crystal Donnelly | Glenn Lo | Grace Hegarty | Harry Cahill | Jarrod Lee | Jordan Allen | Jordan Overs | Kathleen Rossiter | Kyle Henderson | Louise Markey | Nicole Brown | Paula Gavin | Timothy Gould | Zachary Kimber

Athletics

Brady Rose | Geoffrey Roennfeldt | Jasmine Williams | Jason Dixon | Lorelle Nash | Miles Fisher | Trent Porter | Vivian Ritchie

New South Wales

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Aquatics

Andrew Milne | Annalise Fadeev | Belinda Prince | Brendan Foley | Caleb Smith | Carlee Stackman | Charles McFarlane | Christopher Bunton | Claire Pearson | Corey Atkinson | Danielle Slade | Dean Elliott | Edward Smith | Erin Forrester | Geoffrey Kirby | James Lawrence | Joseph Smith | Joshua Elston | Katya Dorey | Kristy Muldoon | Lauren McCoy | Lauren Heggie | Laurie Masterson | Lisa Vineburg | Louise Richardson | Luke Huska | Melissa Jarvis | Michael Stanton | Reanna Hardy | Sharon Himan | Teila BulmerTimothy Walsh | Troy Puttergill

Athletics

Aaron Martin | Amanda Stevens | Angela Fowler | Beau Lawson | Brooke McGrath | Emma Nelson | Holly Levers | Jessica Van Der Neut | Ji Hwan Butler | Kevin Greig | Lleyton Lloyd | Nathan Doggett | Nicole Robinson | Sara Kely | Scott Duncan | Travis Becker

ACT

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Aquatics

Claire Robertson | Darcy Wilson | Genice McNally

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Relive SPLASH 2016

Well done to the competitors in the 3rd Special Olympics Australia Splash! The results were:

1. McGrath Nicol Mustangs
2. Macquarie Group
3. Altis Freestyles

Click here for full detailed results

Click here for photos

Splash is back in 2017 for its 4th year!

Wednesday 13 September 2017
6:30pm
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

About the Splash

Teams are comprised of eight members, with each member to swim 50m. There will be qualifying heats with the top 8 fastest qualifying teams progressing to the final. All other teams compete in consolation finals. Those teams qualifying for the final will have the opportunity to chose one Olympic swimmer to join their team for the final.

Entry fee for the event is $2000 which includes:

- Special Olympics Splash team entry (8 members per team)
- Individual entry in the floating device novelty race
- Corporate logo displayed on the electronic scoreboard at the Olympic pool.
- Entry for 10 people at the post event cocktail party which includes food and beverages. 

We hope to see you at the 2017 Special Olympics Australia Splash!

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Special Olympics Australia Today

 

PO Box 1025
BENDIGO  VIC 3552

To contact our club please email
clubenquiries@specialolympics.com.au

Chair
Pam Ferrari
0418 304 927

Vice Chair
John Haggarty
0400 641 405

Secretary
Sue Flint
0409 813 213

Treasurer
Chris Hoy
03 5443 1795

Membership Officer
John Haggarty
0400 641 405

Sports Coordinator

Athlete Representative

Committee Member

Zac Flint
0447 373 014

Christine Smith
03 5449 6374

Programs & Partnerships

Special Olympics Australia partners with organisations to help us continue our essential work. It is through these partnerships that we have been able to change the lives of thousands of children and adults with an intellectual disability. We rely on the ongoing contribution of corporations and the larger community to continue to develop our programs.

In addition to financial assistance, there are many opportunities to align your organisation with Special Olympics Australia, including donations of products & services and cause-related marketing campaigns.

Special Olympics Australia runs weekly sporting programs, personal development programs and major competitions that directly improve the health and quality of life for Australians with an intellectual disability.

For information on sponsorship please contact Karen Miller, General Manager, Fundraising at karenm@specialolympics.com.au or 1300 225 762.

Workplace Giving

Through our workplace giving program we’ve made it easy for you to help Special Olympics athletes achieve their personal best. Simply fill out your details and regular donation amount and provide the form to your payroll officer who will deduct your regular donation from your wage. By donating just $5 through your payroll, you will receive a tax deduction which means we receive $5 but you’ll only pay $3.37. So, for the cost of a coffee you can make a real difference to people with an intellectual disability. 

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Partner

Sponsorships, workplace giving and volunteering are just some of the ways you can become a supporter of Special Olympics Australia and help inspire the next generation of champions!

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Make a donation

Become a regular giver or make a one-off donation and we will see the money gets to where it is needed most to support more people with an intellectual disability around Australia to play sport.

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Attend an event

From comedy breakfasts and golfing events to race days and gala dinners, we have a variety of fundraising events to suit anyone. So grab some friends together and support Special Olympics Australia at our next event!

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Nicole Bartley, Brisbane, Queensland

Nicole has been training and competing with Special Olympics Australia for over 17 years and in that time she has represented Australia four times each in a different sport: Alpine skiing, basketball, tennis and swimming. She is very passionate about Special Olympics Australia and her community and you will often find her coaching the up-and-coming swimmers of tomorrow. Nicole is a great advocate for Special Olympics Australia and is willing to spread the word to all who will listen. She is often praised for her humanity, positivity and passion and last year at the World Games in Los Angeles she swam alongside legendary Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps.

MAKE A SPLASH!

The Special Olympics Australia SPLASH is a corporate swimming relay that aims to generate staff cohesion and team building while raising funds to deliver sport for people with an intellectual disability.

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TAKE A RIDE!

Be part of the spectacle of 1,000 bikes from three NSW locations to enter Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the 2016 Dream Ride. Coming to Australia for the first time this December.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Special Olympics Australia fundraising events have been running for many years. Check out some of the highlights in our photo galleries.

Martin Smith, Moreton North, Queensland

Martin has been training and competing with Special Olympics Australia for over 22 years. He is an all-round sportsperson who currently participates in swimming, basketball, golf, athletics and gymnastics. In his time at Special Olympics Australia, Martin has always dreamt of representing Australia at the World Games and in 2015 his dream finally came true when he returned home from LA with seven medals including gold for best overall gymnast. He is also a registered swimming coach and can be found on the pool deck twice a week coaching mainstream athletes, and he also assists with Special Olympics Australia athletes. He also sits on the Sports Working Group where he acts as the voice for Queensland athletes. Outside of Special Olympics Australia, Martin has a second Dan black belt in Go Kan Ryu Karate and is now a Sensei who can instruct others. 

2014 | Moira Ryde (VIC)
2013 | Albert Green, OAM (ACT)
2012 | Norm Maroney APM, OAM (NSW)
2011 | Robyn Cook OAM (VIC)
2010 | Susan Grealy (QLD)
2009 | Rex Langthorne AM (NSW)
2008 | Alan Burke (VIC)
2007 | Eric Jones OAM (VIC)
             Kurt Kraushofer OAM (VIC)
2006 | Barry Easy OAM (NSW)
             Marian York (QLD)
2005 | Robyn Hanson OAM (TAS)
2004 | Anna-Louise Kassulke (QLD)
2003 | Jan Sharp OAM (VIC)
2002 | Leon Burwell OAM (NSW)
2001 | Carol Tanner OAM (TAS)
2000 | Des Renford MBE, OHC (NSW)

Each year Special Olympics Australia recognises a volunteer (or volunteers) who has shown dedication to our mission and long-standing commitment to our athletes by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. Nominations are sort from the Special Olympics Australia community and the National Selection Committee select the winner.

2016 Hall of Fame Nominations Are Now Closed

2016 | Martin Smith (QLD)
             Nicole Bartley (QLD)
2015 | Liam O'Donnell (ACT)
2014 | Joshua Frost (NSW)
2013 | Mel Eustace (NSW)
2012 | Steven White (VIC)
             Russell Nelligan (WA)
2011 | Andrew Williams (VIC)
2010 | John Faulkner (QLD)
2009 | Saxon Graham (NSW)
2008 | Gabrielle Clark (NSW)
             Kelly Wren (NSW)
2007 | Christopher Farmer (SA)

The EKS Award is presented annually to an athlete who has shown great leadership skills, both on and off the sporting field. The award is open to all Special Olympics Australia athletes and is presented on Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, which is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of September each year.

This award honours Special Olympics founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Australian volunteer, Dr John Day inspired this award when he donated the medal he received from Mrs Shriver in 1976 to mark the beginning of Special Olympics in Australia.

Athlete of the year

WINNER

Brooke McGrath, Macarthur (NSW)

Brooke has trained and competed with Special Olympics Australia for over ten years and consistently achieves her personal best in her favourite three sports – athletics, bocce and swimming. At the recent State Games in athletics she won three gold medals all in her best times making her eligible for selection for a third National Games. Brooke is also the athlete representative on the Macarthur club committee. She is dedicated to all her sports and attends every training session. If training is cancelled Brooke will train herself!

NOMINEES

Belinda Prince, Hunter Valley (NSW)

Belinda is a veteran of the pool having been swimming for over 16 years. Belinda admits that before swimming she was a bit of a couch potato. Now she’s out training multiple times a week as well as providing swimming lessons for others as an accredited AustSwim coach. One of the highlights of her career was winning two gold and one silver medal in the pool at the inaugural Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Games in 2013 which saw 2,500 athletes from 32 countries compete across 8 sports. The Games were held in Belinda’s neighbourhood of Newcastle and she was also selected as an athlete ambassador for the Games. 

Tahlia Henson, Illawarra (NSW)

Tahlia has played basketball with Special Olympics Australia for eight years and is described as passionate, dedicated and confident with a caring heart. She is also the athlete representative on the club committee which she helped establish by raising money and awareness. She is always seeking input from athletes and talking to them about ways to improve things so she really brings the voice of the athletes to the committee. She regularly promotes Special Olympics Australia by speaking at schools and organisations, including the Police Academy. Tahlia uses her knowledge and skills to assist younger or less experienced athletes and is always cheering on her colleagues.

Ricky Chittleborough, Perth Metro (WA)

At just 18, Ricky has shown leadership beyond his years. Just this year, he has graduated from the Athlete Leadership Program and achieved his coaching accreditation. With his new qualification he has been appointed as Assistant Coach for the Perth Metro basketball team where he is in charge of developing the skills of less experienced athletes. He is a fantastic role model and advocate for inclusion. In his six years with Special Olympics Australia, Ricky has shown he is willing to give anything a go and he treasures his basketball silver medal from the 2014 National Games.

Young athlete of the year (up to 26 years of age)

WINNER

Koby Banks, Illawarra (NSW)

Since Koby joined Special Olympics Australia in 2010 he has developed confidence and taken on new challenges, including helping to promote the Illawarra club to new athletes. He has attended all competitions hosted by the club, either as an athlete or volunteer. His love of basketball has seen him compete at two National Games and he has since achieved his refereeing qualifications. He started off playing in the lowest division but his commitment to training has seen him rise through the grades to the top division. He’s often out fundraising to get athletes to competitions even when he’s not on the team. On the sporting field, Koby displays great sportsmanship and applauds the efforts of his fellow athletes.

NOMINEES

Shane Cooks Reynolds, Mackay (QLD)

Shane has trained with the Special Olympics Mackay club since it was established in 2012. He actively participates in all club activities and strives to achieve success in his sporting, working and personal lives. Shane engages well with everyone and mentors younger athletes. He’s a keen tenpin bowler and basketballer who won gold at the National Games in 2014. Shane often represents his club to sponsors and benefactors and enjoys public speaking. Shane has enrolled in the Community Coaching Course so that he can assist at basketball training. Shane consistently shows courage, promotes teamwork and leads by example.

Josiah Bradshaw, Sunshine Coast (QLD)

Since Josiah joined the Sunshine Coast club he has demonstrated exceptional progress, skill and determination in his chosen sport of golf. Josiah’s leadership skills, positivity and supportive attitude towards others was rewarded when he was selected as the group leader in the weekly program. This leadership attitude is demonstrated in and out of the sporting arena.

Joshua Elliott, Perth Metro (WA)

19-year old Joshua has been competing in tenpin bowling and swimming with the Perth Metro club since he joined Special Olympics Australia in 2012. In that time he has won a gold medal in swimming at the 2014 National Games in Melbourne and three gold and a silver medal at the State of Origin competition in Kalgoorlie. He enjoys assisting younger athletes to develop their skill, leads by example and shows great sportsmanship even when he doesn’t win. He’s particularly proud that he regularly attends training and he has made a commitment to maintain a balanced diet.

 

Coach of the year

WINNER

Liz Ewen, Brisbane (QLD)

Liz has been delivering quality swim coaching and heading up aquatics teams for over 22 years at club, state, national and international levels. She is an advocate for all her swimmers, making sure they are treated fairly and have the best opportunity to do their best.

She also encourages and mentors older athletes to become leaders. Liz is a great supporter of families, old and new and gives many hours of patient teaching and dedication to ensure that children are safe in the water. Liz is always conscious of developing young athletes and ensuring a healthy stream of “new talent” flows into Special Olympics Australia. Liz has a huge list of accolades. Last year she was Head Coach of the swimming team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games and this year she was a winner of the Stafford Queensland Day Community Awards.

NOMINEES

Leanne Secomb, Illawarra (NSW)

Leanne got a taste of Special Olympics Australia at the age of 8 when she would join her brother Peter at training. In 2006, at the age of x, she became a volunteer and has shown great passion and commitment to everything Special Olympics ever since. Leanne believes that people with an intellectual disability are capable of greatness and deserve opportunities and respect. In 2015, she was Head Coach of the men’s basketball team who won gold in the highest division at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. She has coached at all levels, served on committees, been a ball girl at tennis, a lane supervisor at bowling, a timekeeper at swimming, a referee at soccer and even dressed up as Santa for Christmas. Leanne displays innovative, progressive and safe coaching practices, and always acts in the best interest of athletes.

Kirsty Brunsdon, North West New England (NSW)

Kirsty is the quiet achiever behind the planning, promoting and implementing of the sports calendar at the North West New England club where she has been actively involved for ten years. She is passionate about sport and community awareness, and is described as a “doer” with a high standard of service delivery. Kirsty has been instrumental in increasing athlete participation and creating more sporting opportunities for athletes with intellectual disability in the local community. She is also a powerful motivator who adapts her coaching techniques to suit athletes of all abilities.

Helen Dixon, Redlands (QLD)

Helen established the Redlands swimming program four years ago when her son Jack and some of his friends couldn’t find a suitable club to meet their needs. Now Special Olympics Redlands supports more than 40 swimmers. Helen is always encouraging her swimmers to reach for the next level. The regional meet hosted by Redlands each year is put together solely by Helen who also does the fundraising. Helen is a wonderful advocate for swimmers with a disability and she has been instrumental in encouraging the community to welcome and engage with them at local venues.

Young coach of the year (up to 26 years of age)

WINNER

Melinda Ney, Hunter Valley (NSW)

At just 18 years old, Melinda already has four years under her belt as a volunteer and swimming coach. She is currently mentoring two young volunteers who will become accredited later in 2016. Her enthusiasm and encouragement is amazing and most recently she was NSW Team Assistant at the Trans Tasman Games Tournament in New Zealand. She is respected by all for her passion and positivity and this year she was named as a finalist in the Young Official of the Year and Young Coach of the Year categories at the NSW Sports Awards.

Volunteer of the year

WINNER

Melda and Terry McMahon, Melbourne Inner East (VIC)

Together, Mel and Terry have given exceptional support to the Melbourne Inner East club for over 20 years. As part of the fabric of the club they have held a variety of positions, but their favourites is playing the role of sports coordinators of tenpin bowling where they manage the largest group of bowlers (120) in any Special Olympics Australia club. Terry served as Chairman of the club for four years in the early days of the club, one of the oldest clubs in Australia and Mel is still on the club committee. Health issues saw them try and retire in 2012 but they couldn’t give up their dedication to their tenpin bowlers. Until recently, they also arranged the annual regional competition as well as helping with State Games.

NOMINEES

Debra Banks, Illawarra (NSW)

Debra has been a member of the Illawarra club committee since the club was established in 2010. She is now the driving force behind the club. Debra is committed to running high-quality regional competitions that are applauded by other clubs who attend. She also delivers detailed reports on all sports because she is in constant contact with coaches, athletes, families and committee members. She encourages volunteers to improve their skills and has built many valuable relationships within the local community which has increased opportunities for athletes. She also promotes competition pathways and encourages athletes to aspire to higher levels of competition.

Julie Daskal, Mid North Coast (NSW)

Julie has been a volunteer with the Mid North Coast club since 2010 when her son Jason joined the tenpin bowling program, despite the 150km round-trip to get to training! Since then she has tirelessly promoted special Olympics in the Forster area where she regularly organises Bunnings BBQ's and other fundraising activities as well as running a new tenpin bowling league for 15-20 young athletes. She is also the organiser of the Christmas party which is regularly attended by the mayor.

Jon Haggarty, Bendigo (VIC)

John is a valued member of the Bendigo club where he has fulfilled many roles over the past 10 years, including vice-chair, secretary and registrar. He has also been a tenpin bowling coach and sometimes the bus driver. In fact, John would do anything for the athletes of Special Olympics Australia and volunteers to do many tasks within the club. He is a positive role model who is always helping others.

Young volunteer of the year (up to 26 years of age)

No nominations

“When Martin was born we had all these dreams for him, but when the doctor told us that he had a disability and not to expect too much from him, all those dreams were quickly shattered. We were devastated. What would the future hold?”

Martin was born with Down syndrome. But he wasn’t going to let a disability stop his future prospects. When Martin represented Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015 he realised a life-long dream to wear the green and gold. And 34 years after his mum had been told not to expect too much from him, she was there in the crowd cheering him on. He did everyone proud returning home with four gold, two silver and one bronze medal in gymnastics.

Martin’s parents knew the value of sport so they enrolled him in a mainstream swimming program, but as his mum says, “He was not really included. He was put at the end of the group and just told to follow the others. We tried other sports too, but same story.” After many setbacks Martin’s parents finally found Special Olympics Australia when Martin was 12. He immediately fell in love with sport and was embraced by a supportive sporting community where he felt encouraged and accepted.

Martin’s mother believes Special Olympics Australia was Martin’s lifesaver. He has since represented Queensland at five Special Olympics Australia National Games in swimming, basketball, athletics and gymnastics and this year fulfilled his dream to represent
Australia at an international level. What Martin discovered is that Special Olympics Australia provides more than just sport and competition. It offers a welcoming environment where volunteers accept and encourage everyone’s individual skills. It provides opportunities for fun and friendship to a group of people who are often isolated or ignored.

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Aquatics (Swimming)
Thursday 5.30-6pm
World of Swimming Penrith
8 Tindale Street
Penrith NSW 2751
$10 per lesson

Winter
Friday 5.30-6.30pm
Springwood Aquatic and Fitness Centre
11 Plateau Road
Springwood NSW 2777
$12.50 per lesson

Summer
Friday 5.30-6pm
Glenbrook Swim Centre
Fletcher Street & Wascoe Street
Glenbrook NSW 2773
$12.50 per lesson

Athletics
Thursday (During School Term)
5.30-6.30pm (Alternate weeks in summer)
Sports Centre
Blue Mountains Grammar School
3 Matcham Avenue
Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
$50 per term

Basketball
Thursday (During School Term)
5.30-6.30pm (Alternate weeks)
Sports Centre
Blue Mountains Grammar School
3 Matcham Avenue
Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
$50 per term

Cricket
Monday (During School Term) 5-6.15 pm
Dukes Oval
Great Western Highway
Penrith NSW 2750

Football (Soccer)
Thursday (During School Term)
5.30-6.30pm (Alternate weeks in winter)
Sports Centre
Blue Mountains Grammar School
3 Matcham Avenue
Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
$50 per term

Tenpin Bowling
Wednesday (During School Term) 4.45-6.30pm
AMF Bowling
62-72 Batt Street
Jamisontown NSW 2750
$13 per week

Saturday (During School Term) 10am
Windsor Tenpin Bowl
102 Ham Street
South Windsor NSW 2756
2 games per week
$12.20 per week

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2017 Events

Dream Sports Lunch

Date: Friday 28 July 2017
Venue: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
MC: Nick McCallum, Television & Radio Journalist
Guest Speakers: Jockey Michelle Payne and Stevie Payne
Time: 12pm Registration, 12:30-3pm Lunch
Cost: Tickets $180pp / Table of ten $1,750
Sponsorship opportunities available

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Sports Lunch, ACT

Date: Thursday 3 August 2017
Venue: Hellenic Club, Canberra
MC: Tim Gavel, ABC Presenter
Guest Speakers: Michael O'Loughlin
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Cost: Table of ten $1,750 or $180 for individual ticket
Sponsorship opportunities available

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Signature Dinner

Date: Friday 18 August 2017
Venue: Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney
MC: John Foreman AM
Entertainment: TBC
Time: 7:00pm till late
Cost: $2,500 for table of ten or $250 for individual ticket
Sponsorship opportunities available

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Golden Rose Race Day

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
Venue: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney
MC: Paula Duncan AM
Guest Speakers: TBC
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Cost: $1,900 for table of ten or $195 for individual ticket
Sponsorship opportunities available

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2016 Events

Special Olympics Australia Golf Day

Date: Thursday 24 November 2016
Venue: The Lakes Golf Club
Time: 12pm registration, 1pm tee off
Cost: Tickets $1,500 per team of four
Includes 18 holes, 2 carts, 2 course dinner, drinks and BBQ lunch
Sponsorship opportunities available

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Harbour Cruise

Date: Sunday 11 December 2016
Venue: The Blue Room
MC: Paula Duncan AM
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Tickets $190 / Table of ten $1,850
3 Course Meal, Beer, Wine, Champagne and Soft Drinks
Sponsorship opportunities available

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Office of the Chief Executive

Corene Strauss Chief Executive Officer
1300 225 762

Caroline Stewart Executive Assistant & Stakeholder Engagement Executive
1300 225 762 | 0477 749 948 | carolines@specialolympics.com.au

Rick van Brugge Chief Operating Officer
1300 225 762 | 0458 098 023 | rickvb@specialolympics.com.au

Sport

For general sports enquiries please call 07 3420 5761.

Terry Visscher General Manager, Sport Development
07 3420 5761 | 0477 716 404  | terryv@specialolympics.com.au

Michelle Parr-Smith National Sports Administrator
07 3420 5761 | 0477 733 583 | michelleps@specialolympics.com.au

Rob Regent Sports Development Manager (NSW/ACT)
02 6251 4250 | 0432 935 810 | robr@specialolympics.com.au

Andrew Sadleir Assistant Sports Development Manager (NSW/ACT)
02 8736 1259 | 0419 838 549 | andrews@specialolympics.com.au

Suzy Chainey Sports Development Manager (QLD/WA/NT)
07 3420 5761 | 0477 749 949 | suzyc@specialolympics.com.au

Daniel Ogle Assistant Sports Development Manager (QLD/WA/NT)
08 9321 3207 | 0428 034 585 | danielo@specialolympics.com.au

Simon Rodder Sports Development Manager (VIC/SA/TAS)
0427 469 424 | simonr@specialolympics.com.au

Lisa Hester Assistant Sports Development Manager (VIC/SA/TAS) and National Netball Coordinator
08 8234 8730 | 0404 160 974 | lisah@specialolympics.com.au

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Bredette Koen Director, National Games 2018
1300 225 762 | 0450 009 273 | bredettek@specialolympics.com.au

Fundraising and Partner Relations

Fran Eustace National Manager, Fundraising Events
1300 225 762 | 0410 664 564 | frane@specialolympics.com.au

Mabel Park Fundraising Events Coordinator
1300 225 762 | mabelp@specialolympics.com.au

For general fundraising enquiries please email fundraising@specialolympics.com.au

For Mater Prize Home Draw enquiries please call 1800 707 291 or visit www.materprizehome.com.au.

Communications and Media

Paul Wiggins Marketing & Communications Executive
1300 225 762 | 0437 438 423 | paulw@specialolympics.com.au

Chris Bunton Communications Assistant, Reporter & Athlete
1300 225 762 | chrisb@specialolympics.com.au

For general media enquiries please contact media@specialolympics.com.au

People and Culture

Terence Young General Manager
1300 225 762 | 0477 733 582 | terencey@specialolympics.com.au

For general volunteer enquiries please email volunteer@specialolympics.com.au

For issues, complaints or feedback please contact complaints@specialolympics.com.au

Finance & Administration

Patricia Sugita Financial Accountant
1300 225 762 | 0455 071 955 | patricias@specialolympics.com.au

Maureen Scott Database Manager
1300 225 762 | 0419 259 281 | maureens@specialolympics.com.au

Edward Smith Database Administrator
1300 225 762 | edwards@specialolympics.com.au

Corene Strauss, Chief Executive Officer

Caroline Stewart, Executive Assistant
Caroline provides administrative support to the CEO and Board, including preparation of reports and policy documents. She is also minute secretary for the Board and sub-committees of the Board.           

SPORT

Amanda Beehag, General Manager
Amanda is responsible for the design and management of sports development and competition pathways across the country.

Lauren Camino, National Programs
Lauren manages major sporting competitions in conjunction with Games Organising Committees and also manages wintersports.

Rob Regent, Sports Development
Rob is responsible for increasing sports participation and providing access to competition pathways in NSW/ACT.

Terry Visscher, Sports Development
Terry is responsible for increasing sports participation and providing access to competition pathways in QLD/WA/NT.

Simon Rodder, Sports Development
Simon is responsible for increasing sports participation and providing access to competition pathways in VIC/SA/TAS.

Andrew Sadlier, Asst. Sports Development
Andrew works closely with the Sports Development Manager to increase sports participation and provide access to competition pathways in NSW/ACT.

Daniel Ogle, Asst. Sports Development
Daniel works closely with the Sports Development Manager to increase sports participation and provide access to competition pathways in QLD/WA/NT.          

Lisa Hester, Asst. Sports Development
Lisa works closely with the Sports Development Manager to increase sports participation and provide access to competition pathways in VIC/SA/TAS. She also manages netball.

FUNDRAISING

Fran Eustace, National Fundraising Events
Fran organises corporate fundraising events on a national scale and works in partnership with over twenty organising committees to help with the implementation of these events.

Mabel Park, Fundraising Events Coordinator

FINANCE

Rick Van Brugge, Chief Operating Officer
Rick is responsible for oversees finance, IT, risk and compliance, HR and general legal matters.

Patricia Sugita, Financial Accountant
Patricia is responsible for all accounting operations, including monthly financial reports, accounting records, budgets designed to mitigate risk and reporting of company results.

Wenham Qi, Accountant
Wenham secures revenue by verifying and posting receipts, resolving discrepancies and performing weekly bank reconciliations.

Rex Goldring, Accounts Officer
Rex completes payments and controls expenses by receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices.

Maureen Scott, Database Manager
Maureen is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and reliability of all databases and software packages. First level IT Support and administration.

Edward Smith, Database Officer (p/t)
Edward assists in maintaining the accuracy and reliability of all databases. He is also a Special Olympics Australia athlete.

PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Terence Young, General Manager
Terence works closely with volunteers and staff to provide effective planning, implementation and evaluation of volunteer programs and services.

COMMUNICATIONS

Paul Wiggins, Marketing & Communications Executive
Paul is responsible for internal and external communications/marketing, digital channels, including website, social media and email communications.

Chris Bunton, Assistant (p/t)
Chris assists with anything communications-related, including acting as a roving reporter. He is also a Special Olympics Australia athlete.

Peter Overton
Respected journalist Peter Overton joined Special Olympics Australia as our first ambassador in 2001 and today he is a regular at events. Peter says, ‘Special Olympics Australia is a great organisation that makes a difference to the lives of so many people. I'm always inspired by the achievements of athletes, amazed at the skills of my fellow volunteers and proud of the great sponsors and donors that share their support. I’m pleased to have found a rewarding role at Special Olympics Australia and I hope more people do too.’

Duncan Armstrong
Duncan Armstrong became a household name with an upset win in the 200m freestyle at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. It was Australia's 100th Olympic swimming medal. Duncan has since enjoyed careers in television and radio, motivational speaking, endorsements and corporate partnerships. Of Special Olympics Australia he says, 'The only athletes truly competing for the love of sport are found at Special Olympics.'

Jim Maxwell
Jim Maxwell is the most experienced cricket commentator on the ABC. He is also an ambassador who has inspired athletes with his tales. He says, ‘I’m happy to share my time with other lovers of sport...and Special Olympics athletes love sport. It’s a fantastic community program!’

Craig Wing
Former Australian rugby league player Craig Wing joined Special Olympics in 2008. Craig says, ‘I'm really excited to be involved as services for people with an intellectual disability is something that's very real for me. I'm looking forward to raising awareness and showing that these people can accomplish amazing things. I admire Special Olympics athletes for their courage and enjoy being on their team.’

Paula Duncan
Renowned Australian actress and community supporter, Paula Duncan has been an ambassador of Special Olympics Australia since 2008. Of her involvement with Special Olympics Australia she says, ‘I have worked with people with an intellectual disability for many years and this is one of the most innovative programs, which allows people with intellectual disability to join the community in a very real sense. I am right behind these everyday heroes every step of the way.’

Amber Lawrence
Amber Lawrence is a talented and award-winning singer/songwriter. Amber has been involved with Special Olympics Australia since 2010 and in 2012 she dedicated her song TRY as the theme song for the Junior National Games

Tahir
Tahir is one of Australia’s busiest comedians. In 1996 he was voted comic of the year and has since been involved in some of Australia's most popular television programs including Fat Pizza and Housos.

Rob Shehadie
Rob Shehadie has starred in the hit TV comedy Fat Pizza as well as the Fat Pizza Movie, which broke box office records around Australia. Rob has toured the country with several stage show comedies.

Iva Davies
Iva Davies, is the musical creative force behind Icehouse who have earned an amazing 28 platinum records, eight top 10 albums and over thirty top 40 singles. Iva continues to showcase his musical skills for films, ballet, television and special events.

John Foreman
John Foreman is a musical director, pianist, composer and well-recognised face on Australian television. John wrote The Flame, which was performed by Tina Arena and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony. His compositions have also been performed by artists such as Vanessa Amorosi and Jose Carreras. 

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Adlab announced as official graphic designer

24 May 2017

Adlab has jumped on board as sponsor of graphic design services of the 2018 National Games, to be held in 11 months' time.

The Adelaide-based advertising, design and production agency is the brain child of Ashley and Kate Evans, and has provided services across Australia and overseas for more than 30 years.

“Adlab are renowned for their work in the industry, having received many accolades including the 2016 CCA Partner of the Year – Supply Continuity award,” said National Games Chairman Jehad Rasheed.

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Orana announced as families and supporters partner

9 May 2017

Special Olympics Australia has today announced Orana will be the Families and Supporters Partner for the 2018 National Games.

Orana Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Mihalaras said Orana hoped the partnership with Special Olympics Australia would help both organisations better support people with disability and their families.

“Orana has enjoyed a long partnership with Special Olympics South Australia, with our history together spanning more than eight years,” said Mr Mihalaras.

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Kevin Scarce announced as Patron of National Games

18 April 2017

Special Olympics Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Scarce as Games Patron for the National Games, taking place 16 – 18 April 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Born in South Australia, Mr Scarce has provided a powerful legacy to the State having served as the Governor of South Australia from 2007 – 2014. During this period, he was the Patron of Special Olympics South Australia and invited athletes and their families to Government House and attended many other events.

Click here for more on our Patron.

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In March 2017, 12 athletes represented Australia at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. They brought home 10 medals, 14 ribbons and memories that will last a lifetime. Check out all the action including photos, media and results:

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From 26 January - 6 February 2013, Australia were represented by five athletes and three officials at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. This was the first-time Australian athletes competed in snowsports at a World Winter Games.

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SOA Participant camps provide a fully supported Wintersports experience. Participant camps include fully supported on and off snow support, ski equipment hire, lift pass, lessons, accommodation and meals.

These camps are focused on fun, creating an environment to realise a positive learning experience for everyone from the first-timer that has never seen snow to the seasoned skier that is looking to have a week or weekend away with friends and to meet new people.

SOA DEVELOPMENT CAMPS

The SOA Development camps provide training opportunities for athletes wishing to develop their skills in preparation for competition. This program provides a pathway for competition and aims to teach race-specific skills. Athletes will participate in small training groups, receiving SOA Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding coaching to enhance ski technique and provide racing practice through a specifically developed training program for Special Olympics competition.  

Minimum skiing ability and independence standards apply for participation in SOA Development camps.  Athletes will need to demonstrate they meet these standards, either from past involvement in the program at a recreation camp, or relevant case. These standards are: 

-          Confident blue terrain skier, linking parallel turns

-          Able to ride the lift without assistance

-          Able to put on own ski gear/equipment without (or very minimal) assistance

-          Requires limited off-snow care in performing daily routine (e.g. general hygiene, eating, etc.)

2017 Wintersports Camps Dates and Pricing

Please see dates and approximate pricing below. Click here to complete the expression of interest by May 8th 2017.

Once all camp numbers are confirmed Special Olympics Australia will provide update on final pricing for each camp. Please note pricing excludes airfares for interstate athletes. All athletes are required to be a current SOA and DWA registered athlete.

 

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Special Olympics Australia is looking to grow and develop its Wintersports program so we are looking for people who are interested in becoming State Coordinators, coaches, on-snow support and off-snow support. Click here to see an outline of what the roles involve.

If you would like to volunteer at a Wintersports camp in 2017 please click here to complete your online expression of interest by 8 May 2017.

If you have any questions please contact Lauren Camino, National Sport and Event Program Manager on 1300 225 762.

WHERE AND WHEN

WHERE AND WHEN

 Wednesday 10 May 2017

The Pullman, Brisbane

7.00am - 9.00am

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WHERE AND WHEN

Wednesday 10 May 2017

The Pullman, Brisbane

7.00am – 9.00am

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Saturday 9 September 2017

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Registration and Networking from 6am
Breakfast: 7.20am – 9.20am

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Friday 18 August 2017

Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney

7:00pm till late

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Join us at the 12th annual Special Olympics Australia Signature Dinner (formerly known as the Variety Dinner). Hosted by one of Australia’s most respected music directors, long-term friend and ambassador Mr John Foreman, we promise you a great night of fun-filled entertainment with outstanding guest performers including, Isaiah Firebrace, 2017 Eurovision Contestant; Iva Davies AM, Icehouse front man; Trevor Ashley, Performer and Drag Artist; Tim Campbell, TV and stage actor and singer; Rebecca De Unamuno, Australian Actress and Comedian; and the Special Olympics Dance Performance Group!

ENTERTAINMENT

               

Iva Davies AM  – Ice House front man

Isaiah Firebrace – Winner 2016 X Factor ; Finalist in the 2017 Eurovision

Tim Campbell – Australian television and stage actor and singer

Rebecca De Unamuno – Australian Actress and Comedian

Trevor Ashley – Australian Performer and Drag ArtistThe Boys in the Band

Special Olympics Dance Performance Group

Talent Development Project

Mitzi Gardner – Violinist – Sydney Conservatorium of Music Rising Stars Program

WHERE AND WHEN

Thursday 3 August 2017

Hellenic Club, Canberra

12pm - 3pm

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Celebrating it's 10th year, the Canberra Sports Lunch provides an outstanding afternoon of food, drinks and entertainment at the iconic Hellenic Club in the heart of Canberra. Join corporates, sports personalities, Special Olympics Australia athletes and many more to celebrate the joy sport brings to so many while raising vital funds.

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Tim Gavel
Tim is ABC Radio Sport's broadcaster in Canberra. Nicknamed "Tireless" because of his seeming ability to work 24 hours a day, seve days a week, calling rugby league, rugby union and cricket for ABC Grandstand. He has been part of ABC Radio's broadcast team for several Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and somehow he also manages to find time to jog, cycle and compete in the occasioinal half-marathon. Tim is a great friend and Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia. Tim's favourite sporting moments are: The 1989 Rugby League Grand Final with Balmain vs Canberra; Kieren Perkins' 1500m swim at the Atlanta Olympic Games; Australia winning the America's Cup in 1983.

GUEST SPEAKER

Adam Goodes
 

WHERE AND WHEN

Friday 28 July 2017

Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

12pm Registration
12:30 - 3pm Lunch

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WHERE AND WHEN

Friday 23 June 2017

Arts Centre, Melbourne

7am Networking / Registration,
Breakfast: 7.30am – 9am

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WHERE AND WHEN

Friday 26 May 2017

Epicure

6pm - 10pm

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WHERE AND WHEN

Friday 2 June 2017

Hyatt Regency, Sydney

12pm: Networking and registrations
1pm – 3pm: Lunch

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WHERE AND WHEN

Thursday 4 May 2017

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Registration and Networking from 6am
Breakfast: 7.20am – 9.20am

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GUEST SPEAKER

Professor Charlie Teo MBBS, FRACS Neurosurgeon
Professor Charlie Teo MBBS - FRACS Neurosurgeon is the only Australian neurosurgeon to be Board Certified in both Australia and the United States. He has been invited to many distinguished universities in more than 50 countries as Visiting Professor, including Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Stanford universities in the USA, Marburg University in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Professor Teo primarily works at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney and has established the internationally acclaimed Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, extending the lives of many children and adults with brain tumours, some of which may have been previously considered to be 'inoperable'.

Professor Teo will be part of a panel discussion on 'Player Wellness' with National Rugby League (NRL) CEO Todd Greenberg, Karyn Murphy from the NRL integrity unit and Cronulla Sharks NRL player Luke Lewis.

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James Bracey
James is the host of Nine’s National Rugby League coverage and The Sunday Footy Show in 2017. Hailing from Gosford, NSW, his passion for rugby league developed while growing up on the hill at North Sydney Oval watching his beloved North Sydney Bears. Bracey graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2005 with a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), after joining Sky News as a sports reporter and presenter in 2004. He stayed there almost 13 years, building an impeccable pedigree as a sports broadcaster. In 2008, he won the Swimming Australia Media Award for his coverage of swimming leading up to and during the Beijing Olympic Games. He then covered the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games for Foxtel. In 2012, Bracey covered the London Olympics for Foxtel and Sky News and co-hosted London Calling. His work on the Games was acknowledged in 2013 with a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Sports Coverage. As well three Summer Olympics (Beijing, London, Rio 2016), two Winter Olympics (Vancouver, Sochi 2014), and a Commonwealth Games, Bracey also covered the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. In December 2016, he was announced as the host of Nine’s rugby league coverage, joining the famous Wide World of Sports team that includes Ray Warren, Peter Sterling, Phil Gould, Andrew Johns, Wally Lewis, Brad Fittler and Darren Lockyer.

 

CHALLENGE COMPLETE!

After a little over 6 hours I stumbled across the finish line at the Hawaiian Ironman 70.3 for 2017: happy and proud to support our Special Olympics Australia athletes. Thank you to each and every person who supports this wonderful cause.

The Hawaiian Ironman 70.3 held me to the Special Olympics athletes motto: let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt. Taking me 6 hours and 43 minutes, it involved a 1.9km ocean swim along the Kona coastline, a 90km bike course through black lava fields swept by the notorious Kama’kani winds, culminating in a 21.1km run in part tracking the historic Ala Loa Foot trail. Undertaking this race was a commitment that pushed me well past my comfort zone, but this is only a shadow of the challenges that many people with an intellectual disability face in their daily lives.

Thanks for supporting me on this journey. You can still make a tax-deductible donation to Special Olympics Australia below.

Click here to donate.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

It is an honour to be Chairman of Special Olympics Australia, an organisation that harnesses the power of sport to change the lives of people with an intellectual disability, their families and friends. There are 600,000 people with an intellectual disability in Australia, our largest disability population, and another person is diagnosed every two hours. Special Olympics Australia supports these people: whether they want to win gold for Australia, or just enjoy the health and social benefits of playing sport in their local community.

I have committed to raising much needed funds for Special Olympics Australia by participating in an annual challenge during my tenure as Chairman.

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The Laugh Out Loud (LOL) Corporate Breakfast is an event that will keep you smiling all day! The concept was initiated by a small number of people over a business lunch and eight years on and we are still laughing! The breakfast has grown into one of Western Sydney’s largest breakfasts, attracting 600 business people and is a must on the corporate event calendar. The event falls within the Comedy Festival each year and has partnered with The Comedy Company who provide several comedians each year to give plenty of laughs over your breakfast. This is fun, unique event which raises much-needed funds for Special Olympics Australia. Join us on 4 May 2017 at ANZ Stadium for the 8th Annual Laugh Out Loud Corporate Breakfast.

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Tahir Bilgic
Tahir is one of Australia’s finest comedians and a huge supporter and Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia. He has been nominated for a Logie and named Comedian of the Year. Tahir has been a feature act in comedy venues around Australia and made numerous television appearances. He has been booked for countless private and corporate functions, is a regular at major comedy festivals and appeared at Celebrity Theatre Sports. Tahir has been involved in some of the most successful stage and screen productions in the country. As a performer, actor, writer and director, he is constantly in demand and is a proven performer both nationally and internationally. Co-creators and star of the hit comedy "Fat Pizza" and "Housos" and Co Creator of "Here Come The Habibs".

Rob Shehadie
Rob Shehadie is no stranger to the Special Olympics Australia family as he has been a great supporter and ambassador for over 5years. Rob is a well known actor, stand-up comedian, MC and writer. He is famous for starring in the hit shows Fat Pizza, Housos and the Succesful Channel 9 Hit show that he also created along with Tahir “Here Come the Habibs”. Rob has also toured Australia with several stage shows and made thousands of appearances at schools, clubs and charity events. He Is also the Face of TAFE NSW with his award winning campaign encouraging people to study and to get into the workforce. Rob has been a major part of NRL Rugby League and Cricket Australia, entertaining and as MC to the crowds that attend the games. He has worked for the Western Sydney Wanderers, Parramatta EELS, Canterbury Bulldogs, and the NRL finals series, State of Origin and Test matches. He was also part of the Cricket Big Bash League representing Sydney Thunder at ANZ Stadium. Over the years Rob has also done cameo appearances on Bondi Rescue – Channel Ten, Renovation Rescue – Channel Nine, Australian Idol – Channel Ten, The Footy Show (NRL) – Channel Nine, Music Max – Foxtel, Swift and Shift – SBS TV, Bogan Hunters – Channel 7mate, Housos Vs Authority – feature film and Fat Pizza Vs Housos – feature film. Rob Shehadie has many future projects in the pipeline and is sure to keep providing laughter for Australians. He’s made us laugh in the past and will guarantee to make us laugh in the future

GUEST SPEAKERS

We will be joined by comedians from the Sydney Comedy Festival. Please check back with us closer to the date to see who will be performing.

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Adlab announced as the official graphic designer for 2018 National Games

24 May 2017 | Adlab has jumped on board as sponsor of graphic design services of the 2018 National Games, to be held in 11 months’ time.

The Adelaide-based advertising, design and production agency is the brain child of Ashley and Kate Evans, and has provided services across Australia and overseas for more than 30 years.

National Games Chairman, Jehad Rasheed, said he was looking forward to seeing Adlab’s creative ideas for the 2018 National Games come to fruition.

“Adlab are renowned for their work in the industry, having received many accolades including the 2016 CCA Partner of the Year – Supply Continuity award,” said Mr Rasheed.

“We are very thankful to Ashley, Kate and the team for providing all graphic design work pro-bono, and are very excited to see what they’ve got in store for the Games.”

Adlab co-founder, Ashley Evans, said the team couldn’t wait to get started on the production of materials for the sporting event.

“What an opportunity! We are honoured to join forces with Special Olympics Australia and to start working on several key graphic design initiatives, which will include rolling out the design and layout of the official Games program and certificates.” said Mr Evans.

Photo: Ashley Evans, Owner of Adlab (left), with Jehad Rasheed, Chairman National Games 2018 (right) during the announcement of the partnership.

Orana announced as Families and Supporters Partner for 2018 National Games

9 May 2017 | Special Olympics Australia has today announced Orana will be the Families and Supporters Partner for the 2018 National Games, taking place in Adelaide (16 – 20 April 2018).

Orana Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Mihalaras said Orana hoped the partnership with Special Olympics would help both organisations better support people with disability and their families.

“Orana has enjoyed a long partnership with Special Olympics South Australia, with our history together spanning more than eight years,” said Mr Mihalaras.

“It’s such a special organisation which provides support and confidence to many of our clients and their families. So as soon as I heard the Games were coming to SA, I said, ‘we’re in’.”

“We are also passionate about getting to know more people, in South Australia and around the country, to help provide any support and assistance we can ahead of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) coming to adults in July 2017.”

“Many families say we are an extension of their own, and this is something we are very proud to hear. I look forward to catching up with old friends, and making new ones at the Games next year.”

Special Olympics Australia National Games Chairman Jehad Rasheed said they were honoured to extend the existing relationship with Orana, who have sponsored the Community SportsLink program for years.

“We are very fortunate to have had the ongoing support of Orana, and look forward to working closely with the team in the lead up to the Games,” said Mr Rasheed

“Without the financial assistance of organisations like Orana, we would not be able to host the Games and bring so much joy, confidence and opportunity to athletes from around the country.”

Photo: Nick Mihalaras, CEO Orana Incorporated (left), Jehad Rasheed, Chairman 2018 National Games (right).

About Orana

Orana provides employment, training, housing, respite and life skills support to South Australians with disability. The organisation provides people with disability the chance to live and work as part of their community as independently as possible and become valued and productive community members. For more information, please visit www.oranaonline.com.au

Kevin Scarce announced as Patron of National Games

18 April 2017 | Special Olympics Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Scarce as Games Patron for the National Games, taking place 16 – 18 April 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Born in South Australia, Mr Scarce has provided a powerful legacy to the State having served as the Governor of South Australia from 2007 – 2014. During this period, he was the Patron of Special Olympics South Australia and invited athletes and their families to Government House and attended many other events.

“I enjoyed developing a rapport with many of the South Australian athletes in this period who we saw frequently. Seeing how much pleasure they got from the competition, and watching them develop over the years as they travelled interstate and overseas to participate was simply wonderful,” said Mr Scarce.

As Patron for the 2018 National Games, Mr Scarce will work to engage new and existing partners with the National Games and help raise awareness, funds and community support for the upcoming event.

“The National Games give our athletes enormous pleasure and self-confidence, and just seeing them participate is something that is worthy of us all supporting,” continued Mr Scarce.

“When I was asked to be Patron for the 2018 National Games, I was delighted to assist. In this role, I hope that we can generate publicity and financial support to ensure the Games are successful and that our athletes reach their full potential.”

Mr Scarce was the youngest South-Australian-born governor and the first Royal Australian Navy Officer appointed to the position, and has since remained a significant philanthropic and business leader.

He is now the Chairman of the Cancer Council in South Australia, helping support the organisation’s fundraising, research, education and services. Scarce is also the President of the Novita Children’s Services, an ambassador for Impact 100 (a sub fund for the Australian Communities Foundation) and an Operation Flinders board member.

Jehad Rasheed, Special Olympics Australia National Games Chairman, said the organising committee were thrilled to announce Mr Scarce’s appointment as Patron for the 2018 National Games.

Special Olympics Australia’s 11th National Games will take place 16 – 20 April, 2018.

Special Olympics Australia announces Chairman for 2018 National Games

7 February 2017 | Special Olympics Australia has announced Jehad Rasheed as its Chairman for the Special Olympics Australia National Games, to be held in April 2018.

Since 2009, Mr Rasheed has been a powerful advocate for Special Olympics Australia. He joined the Board of Special Olympics South Australia in 2010, has personally raised $40,000 to celebrate the organisation’s 40th anniversary and provided merchandise and onsite support for thousands of athletes, families and volunteers attending the 2010 National Games.

 “I remember turning up to the Games back in 2010 to deliver the games promotional merchandise. I was only meant to stay for half an hour, but I ended up pitching in and staying for four days. During the game, Chris Lemm asked me if I was interested in joining the Board – and the rest is history,” said Mr Rasheed.

Together with his wife Sarah, Mr Rasheed provides an annual scholarship program to assist athletes from lower socioeconomic backgrounds participate in Special Olympics’ year-round competition. Six outstanding South Australia athletes have already benefited from the scholarship program.

Outside of Special Olympics Australia, Mr Rasheed is a keen coach & spectator of football, golf, soccer and tennis. He has worked as a coach with the Norwood Football Club’s U17 along with mentoring players at the Port Adelaide Football Club. He also brings more than 20 years’ experience business acumen, having run his own promotional marketing business and worked as a Sales Manager for blue chip companies Corporate Express Promotional Marketing and Sara Lee Household & Body Care.

“Over the past eight years, I have fallen in love with Special Olympics Australia – it is an organisation that grounds me as a person and it is a cause that has captured my heart. I am truly honoured to become the Chairman of the 2018 National Games and hope to do the job justice in the coming 14 months.”

Mr Rasheed also praised the National Games event for giving athletes the opportunity to achieve their personal best, build lifetime friendships and develop personal skill for the future.

“I am looking forward to supporting Bredette Koen and her National Games team to create the most memorable event to date, especially as it will be held in my home town of Adelaide, South Australia.”

Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Australia Corene Strauss welcomed the appointment of Mr Rasheed to the 2018 National Games.

“We are delighted with Jehad’s appointment as Chairman of the Special Olympics 2018 National Games. His love of sport, passion for our athletes and close ties to the South Australian community makes him the perfect choice. He understands why we exist as an organisation, and how the Games are just one opportunity for our athletes to build confidence and friendships that will set them up for a lifetime,” said Ms Strauss.

As Chairman, Mr Rasheed will oversee National Games Board of 10-12 members and provide support to the National Games team as they head to Adelaide in 2018.

Special Olympics Australia’s 11th National Games will take place 16 – 20 April, 2018. For more information, please contact Games Director, Bredette Koen on bredettek@specialolympics.com.au.

Pictured: Special Olympics Australia 2018 National Games new Chairman Jehad Rasheed with two athletes, Charlie Wilkins and Ben Paior. Mr Rasheed first met the pair in 2009, and has watched them grow and develop over the past eight years. 

Our Board

Jehad Rasheed, Special Olympics Australia 11th National Games Chairman

Jehad is a long-serving and powerful advocate for Special Olympics Australia, bringing years of leadership and management experience to his position as Chairman for the 11th National Games. He has held positions on the State Board, Committee Management Team and Executive Leadership Team of Special Olympics South Australia over the past seven years, as well as personally raising $40,000 to celebrate the organisation’s 40th anniversary. In his former role as Director of The Promotion Centre and PPI Promotion and Apparel, Jehad also provided merchandise and onsite support for thousands of athletes, families and volunteers attending the 2010 National Games.

Corene Strauss, Special Olympics Australia Chief Executive Officer

Corene is a passionate cause-related marketing and management professional who spent seven years as National Marketing Manager for Legacy Australia where she unified the organisation, increased donations and partnerships. Her most recent role was as Chief Executive Officer of the Men of League Foundation which she brought back into positive revenue by increasing income streams, growing members and embedding the funding received by the NRL into the organisation. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Special Olympics Australia in February 2016.

Jack Hombsch

Jack Hombsch is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was twice awarded the John McCarthy Medal for his work in the community and announced as a grand finalist for the prestigious Jim Stynes Community Leadership Awards in 2016. With his younger brother Todd living with Down Syndrome, Jack is passionate about supporting those living with an intellectual disability to participate and achieve. 

Jenny Daly

Jenny is a qualified public relations practitioner who has been involved in the successful management of major events for more than 25 years. She has managed a myriad of events including the SA Tourism Awards, Tour Down Under, and most recently the Cricket World Cup. Notably, Jenny was the Event Director for Adelaide's hosting of the highly successful 2010 National Games and as such brings valuable skills, experience and contacts for the upcoming 2018 Games. She currently works at Prince Alfred College where she is conducting their 150 Anniversary celebrations across 2017 - 19.

Kelly Robson

For the past five and a half years, Kelly has held a general management position at Dr Jones & Partners where she manages all doctor related functions including financial management, strategic workforce planning, recruitment, change management and business planning. She is currently completing training with the Governor’s Leadership Foundation, having received accreditation from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has worked across a diverse range of ownership and management structures including privately owned, ASX listed companies and in Local Government.  She has experience in Banking and Finance after working at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for eight years.

Lachy Woollett

Lachy has been selected as Athlete Representative on the Board. He has been involved with Special Olympics for 12 years, competing in a number of State, National, Invitational and International games. Lachy travelled to South Korea in 2013 as a SOA Athlete Ambassador where he participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the World Winter Games. In 2007, Lachy travelled to Shanghai, China to compete in the SO World Summer Games, where his team became the first ever Australian Men's Basketball team to win a gold medal on the world stage. Lachy and mentor, Max Sharpe, look forward to be the voice of the Special Olympics Athletes on the Games Board.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Linda Williams

Linda Williams APM has been Deputy Commissioner of South Australia Police since July 2015, managing all state wide police activities and operations to satisfy existing and emerging community needs. Her executive responsibilities include representing the state on the Australia New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) and being Chairperson of the ANZCTC Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Security Sub Committee. With 35 years of policing experience, including five years in SAPOL’s senior management and executive team, Linda’s extensive career history spans all essential policing areas. Linda is a member of the Police Health Board, a highly respected leader and career role model for women in policing and government generally.

Mandy Milligan

Mandy has been the Business Development Manager at Events South Australia for close to nine years. Representing South Australia Tourism Commission, Mandy brings with her valuable knowledge on the local events landscape, sponsor rights and stakeholder engagement.

Nat Cook

In December 2014, Nat was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Fisher. Nat is an active community member, and is committed to supporting policy and strategies which support the positive connection between health, education, community connectedness, safety and wellbeing. Nat with husband Neil Davis founded the Sammy D Foundation in 2008 after their son Sam died as a result of a violent and unprovoked one punch assault. She worked as a nurse for 28 years, holding positions as an after-hours nursing coordinator, retrieval nurse, intensive care nurse, rehabilitation and general registered nurse. 

Special Olympics Australia announces Chairman for 2018 National Games

Tuesday 8 February 2017

Special Olympics Australia has announced Jehad Rasheed as its Chairman for the Special Olympics Australia National Games, to be held in April 2018.

Since 2009, Mr Rasheed has been a powerful advocate for Special Olympics Australia. He joined the Board of Special Olympics South Australia in 2010, has personally raised $40,000 to celebrate the organisation’s 40th anniversary and provided merchandise and onsite support for thousands of athletes, families and volunteers attending the 2010 National Games.

Click here to find out more about the Chairman.

Ben's Story

Ben Haack is one of our Special Olympics Australia Board Members. But he first joined us as an athlete when at 17 he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.

Ben was already a keen cricket and football player, yet he says he struggled to find his place on the sports field – and off it. 

"I was nothing, that is according to society, to teachers, to coaches and to my fellow peers. I was bullied, urinated on, abused, misunderstood, and neglected.

I have major difficulty at times understanding instructions and interpreting things like body language and jokes. This meant that in school I was the butt of jokes and put downs. This also meant that I struggled with school work and understanding coaches … I quite often got abuse and frustration from them."

Then finally Ben’s Asperger’s was discovered, and he started playing soccer with Special Olympics Australia. In this welcoming environment he thrived. 

“It was the first time Ben could go to a place and he wasn’t judged,” says his mum Cheryl. 

Ben says, “I found a place to belong. Mum says it was when my life truly began and I agree … And by taking pride in myself through my sporting achievements, my life has improved in so many ways. I now have a sense of possibility, I am able to set new goals and achieve them, because I finally have opportunities, and the support to try.”

16 years later, Ben has represented Australia on multiple occasions – a highlight was vice-captaining the Australian Cricket Team that won the bronze medal at the first Cricket World Cup in Mumbai, India, in 2006.

He is also helping other people with an intellectual disability to find their strengths in sport. Along with working at Gold Coast Recreation and Sport, he sits on our Board, is a volunteer coach with his local Special Olympics Australia club, and is a global advocate for our movement. 

10 year old Alex is one of many young athletes living with an intellectual disability that Ben hopes to reach out to. Before Alex joined Special Olympics Australia, his mum Tracey had nearly despaired of finding a swimming group that would accept him. He never quite fitted in. He needed extra support and his first competition with us showed just how much it helps to believe in athletes and not give up on them. 

“Alex had become a little distressed and anxious over the number of people there, the strange environment and the loud buzzer to start the races. He also had an allergic reaction to the water chemicals,” his mum says.

“I took him outside to relax him and one of his swimming coaches Judy came chasing after with medicine for his allergies and stayed with him until his first race. Judy never left his side. Not only did she help Alex, she really helped me, as I was starting to worry.”

Alex came 2nd that day, a fantastic achievement. The same way that Ben ended up playing for Australia – and much more – there is no saying how far sport could take Alex now.

Please give today so that more people with an intellectual disability are given the chance to take part in sport and achieve their personal best – in sport and in life. Click here to donate.

In Australia we believe in a fair go for all. But the reality is that people with an intellectual disability are often unfairly excluded from sport and its huge array of physical, emotional and social benefits. This can happen because of ignorance of others or simply a mindset that focuses on what people can’t do, rather than what they can.

Your donation today will open the door to more people with an intellectual disability being able to find, develop and take pride in their sporting abilities, through Special Olympics Australia’s weekly training, coaching and competition network across Australia.

First inclusive Games logo

Taste Creative have partnered with Special Olympics Australia to create the first inclusive Games logo. Taste Creative recruited renowned Sydney-based artist and long-time friend of Taste and Bus Stop, Digby Webster, to bring the logo to life. Digby is an artist with Down syndrome who has had his amazing work showcased in an impressive number of exhibitions across the country. Working closely with Creative Director, Henry Smith, Digby painted his creative expression of South Australia capturing perfectly the texture, colour and vibrancy of South Australia’s offering. Combined with the 2018 Games identity silhouette it brings to life the joy and enthusiasm of Special Olympics. This really is a big step forward for inclusive creative and demonstrates Special Olympics Australia’s commitment to people with intellectual disability.

 
 

Donate

By donating to the National Games 2018, you will directly support the cost of athlete accommodation, transportation, catering and insurance for the five-day event.

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Volunteer

The National Games is a huge event and we need 900 “game changers” to bring the Games to life. Game changers who donate their time will gain valuable events, logistics and customer service experience, as well as fond memories that will last a lifetime. There’s a wide variety of opportunities available and you can give as much or as little time as you like. To sign up click here.

Volunteer positions are available in the following areas:

- Family and siblings
- Information technology
- Logistics and support services
- Marketing and media
- Medical and welfare services
- Special events
- Spectator services
- Sports and competition
- Team liaison and support
- Volunteer liaison and support

Volunteer Enquiry

Partner

The National Games is a wonderful opportunity for companies to demonstrate social responsibility, diversity and corporate volunteering strategies. Please express your interest to become an event partner and we will be in touch shortly to create an opportunity tailored to your company’s strategic objectives.

Partner Enquiry

Education

One of the greatest challenges faced by people with an intellectual disability is getting others to see past the disability. Together we can overcome this barrier by teaching the importance of acceptance, understanding and open mindedness. Special Olympics Australia believes playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. To support this principle, we are partnering with mainstream schools and those with specialist education facilities to play sport. Please get in touch if your school would like to get involved.

Education Enquiry

Welcome to Adelaide

Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city, soak up the sun at one of our picture-perfect metropolitan beaches, join the party at our immersive festivals and events, or spend the night exploring our thriving restaurant and bar scene. There’s a world of experiences right at your fingertips – experience it all in Adelaide.

Award-winning restaurants and bustling bars

Our city streets are overflowing with boutique bars and world-class restaurants. Some of the best places to grab a bite can be found on Gouger Street, Rundle Street and King William Road. Leigh Street, Peel Street and Ebenezer Place are small bar hotspots, with some of our coolest places tucked away in basements, behind secret doors and down unmarked alleyways.

A Great Wine Capital of the World

Adelaide has been recognised as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World – a network of nine major global cities that share a common feature: their internationally renowned wine regions. With 200 stunning cellar doors only a short drive away from the CBD and 18 world-renowned wine regions nearby, it's no surprise why.

Sun and surf at our city beaches

With so many exceptional beaches, so close to the city, Adelaide’s sand and surf are virtually inescapable. From Brighton’s meandering Esplanade to Glenelg’s beachside café culture, you’re never too far from our pristine coast. Jump in the car, chuck on your bathers and within the hour you’ll be sprawled on a towel in the sun at Semaphore or perfecting your freestyle at Henley.

Australia’s festival capital

In January, February and March, when nights are at their longest and balmiest, Adelaide enters party overdrive. In the space of a few months, our capital is host to the massive Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, WOMADelaide, Santos Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 Adelaide. And it doesn’t stop there. The Cabaret Festival and Guitar Festival warm up the (very mild) winter months, while OzAsia, film festivals and Feast festival kick-off in spring. Our events, festivals and festivities run all year-round.

The Adelaide Hills – a picture-perfect escape

Put a day aside, leave your schedule behind and tour the Adelaide Hills. Wind your way down leafy lanes, stopping at villages dappled in light. Dine at restaurants serving some of South Australia’s best produce. Wineries beckon from leafy groves, eager for you to sample one of their cool-climate drops. The Adelaide Hills are home to Cleland and Gorge wildlife parks where you can get up-close and personal with our wildlife, only minutes away from the city.

From boutique to budget – accommodation in Adelaide

Adelaide is home to a wide range of hotels, motels and self-contained apartment accommodation. The Hilton Adelaide, Mayfair Hotel and Playford Hotel are top picks, with plenty of options in the city centre, as well as hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in surrounding suburbs.

Adelaide is a one-stop destination for culture-rich city life, world-class wine and unbeatable gourmet produce. From the hills, to the city, to the sea, there’s so much, so close to Adelaide and it's all yours to enjoy.

National Games enquiries

Bredette Koen 
Games Director
0450 009 273
bredettek@specialolympics.com.au | nationalgames@specialolympics.com.au
Gareth Hogan
Operations Manager
0436 481 485
garethh@specialolympics.com.au
Moira Ryde
Games Sports Manager
sport@specialolympics.com.au
Lachy Woollett
Athlete Representative
onlyathletes@specialolympics.com.au

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Join Special Olympics Australia

If you, or someone you know, has an intellectual disability come and join our welcoming sporting community. Find out all about it at www.specialolympics.com.au.

Competition Sports

Competitors at the 2018 National Games will compete across 11 official Special Olympics Australia sports:

Athletics
Basketball
Bocce
Equestrian
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Sailing
Swimming
Tenpin Bowling
Tennis

Demonstration Sport

Table Tennis

The National Games

Few sporting events can match the social and emotional impact of the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Every four years, hundreds of athletes with an intellectual disability from all over Australia demonstrate their skills and sportsmanship at the Special Olympics Australia National Games, the flagship event of Special Olympics Australia.

For athletes it’s the culmination of years of regular and dedicated training.
For families it inspires hope for a future.
For volunteers it provides a joyous outlet for their generosity.
For media and supporters it celebrates achievement over adversity.
For sponsors it showcases corporate social responsibility and diversity strategies to engaged and potentially new audiences.

History of the National Games

The 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide will be the 11th National Games. The first National Games were held in Launceston, Tasmania from 21-22 November 1986 where 200 athletes from Australia and New Zealand competed in aquatics, athletics, football (indoor soccer) and gymnastics. The previous host cities of the National Games are:

1986 Launceston, Tasmania
1988 Sydney, NSW
1990 Melbourne, VIC
1992 Brisbane, Queensland
1994 Perth, WA
1998 Hobart, Tasmania
2002 Sydney, NSW
2006 Gold Coast, Queensland
2010 Adelaide, SA
2014 Melbourne, VIC

Special Olympics Australia

Special Olympics Australia provides weekly sports training and regular competition for people with an intellectual disability, giving them opportunities to reach their personal best in sport and life.

Despite what many people think, we’re not the Paralympics. The Paralympics is for elite athletes, mainly with physical disability. Special Olympics is for people with intellectual disability.

At Special Olympics Australia everyone with an intellectual disability is welcome. Some participants join to have fun, make friends and enjoy the warmth of a welcoming community, while others are focussed on winning and receiving medals.

We’re not just a major sports event. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training in multiple sports as well as competition at local, state, national and international level. The pinnacle of our competition ladder is the World Games which is hosted on a four-year cycle in summer and winter sports. We also provide health and leadership programs.

Almost 600,000 Australians have an intellectual disability. They are the largest disability population in the country and the world, and in Australia another child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability every two hours.

People with intellectual disability can learn new skills and can accomplish goals. They just learn differently, or need more time or support to succeed.

Our focus is to make ability visible. Unlike physical disability, intellectual disability is sometimes invisible.

“Special Olympics Australia is a great organisation that makes a difference to the lives of so many people. I'm always inspired by the achievements of athletes and amazed at the skills of my fellow volunteers. I’m pleased to have found a rewarding role at Special Olympics Australia and I’m particularly excited by the National Games in Adelaide where 1,000 sportsmen and women with an intellectual disability will demonstrate their talent and determination in 11 sports, with the support of 900 fantastic volunteers. The Games represent the culmination of four years of training and will be a fantastic celebration of achievement which I encourage everyone to support.”

 

Peter Overton, Ambassador

Peter is one of the most respected and well-known journalists on Australian TV having anchored Nine’s nightly news bulletin since 2009 and topped the ratings since 2011. Peter became the first national Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia in December 2001 and regularly supports and attends competitions and events.

“The National Games will showcase the talents, skills, dedication and achievements of the athletes of Special Olympics Australia. Competitions, like the National Games, mean a lot to athletes. They make them feel valued and gives them a place to belong as part of a team and as part of the worldwide Special Olympics family. Fantastic memories that will stick forever and new friendships that will last a lifetime will be made at these Games. Athletes will be brave in their attempts and will take pride in showing Australia what they can accomplish with understanding and encouragement. Please support us on this exciting journey that will culminate in a fantastic celebration of ability in Adelaide.”

 

Lachlan Woollett, Board Member and athlete

Lachlan from Adelaide has over a decade of success on the sporting field and now he’s leading the way off the field as a Board Member for the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Lachlan is familiar with the thrill of the National Games having competed at two previous Games. He will bring a unique view to the Board as the athlete representative.

The first inclusive Games logo

Thursday 27 October 2016

The 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games logo was co-created by Henry Smith from Taste Creative and renowned artist and former Special Olympics Australia athlete Digby Webster. Digby is known for his bold and colourful oil pastel and ink artwork and has had his artwork showcased in an impressive number of exhibitions across the country.

The logo silhouette captures the joy of movement that comes from sport. The triumphant stance evokes expressions from sport: a victorious athlete crossing the finish line, slam-dunking of a basketball, leaping for joy or cheering on from the sidelines. It captures the joy, enthusiasm and celebration of Special Olympics Australia while also referencing a flickering flame, a nurturing hand of support and a heart.

Click here to find out more about the logo.

Adelaide to host National Games

Thursday 27 October 2016

Adelaide has been announced as the host city of the 11th Special Olympics Australia National Games. From 16-20 April 2018, almost 1,000 athletes with an intellectual disability will come together in Adelaide to demonstrate their sporting skills in 11 sports: athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, equestrian, football, gymnastics, swimming, sailing, tennis and tenpin bowling. The National Games is the culmination of a four year training and competition cycle and the qualifying event for athletes with an intellectual disability to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games which are next scheduled for 2019.

Click here to see photos from the launch.

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Relive SPLASH 2016

Well done to the competitors in the 3rd Special Olympics Australia Splash! The results were:

1. McGrath Nicol Mustangs
2. Macquarie Group
3. Altis Freestyles

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Splash is back in 2017 for its 4th year!

Wednesday 13 September 2017
6:30pm
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

About the Splash

Teams are comprised of eight members, with each member to swim 50m. There will be qualifying heats with the top 8 fastest qualifying teams progressing to the final. All other teams compete in consolation finals. Those teams qualifying for the final will have the opportunity to chose one Olympic swimmer to join their team for the final.

Entry fee for the event is $2000 which includes:

- Special Olympics Splash team entry (8 members per team)
- Individual entry in the floating device novelty race
- Corporate logo displayed on the electronic scoreboard at the Olympic pool.
- Entry for 10 people at the post event cocktail party which includes food and beverages. 

We hope to see you at the 2017 Special Olympics Australia Splash!

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Special Olympics Australia Today

 

PO Box 1025
BENDIGO  VIC 3552

To contact our club please email
clubenquiries@specialolympics.com.au

Chair
Pam Ferrari
0418 304 927

Vice Chair
John Haggarty
0400 641 405

Secretary
Sue Flint
0409 813 213

Treasurer
Chris Hoy
03 5443 1795

Membership Officer
John Haggarty
0400 641 405

Sports Coordinator

Athlete Representative

Committee Member

Zac Flint
0447 373 014

Christine Smith
03 5449 6374

Programs & Partnerships

Special Olympics Australia partners with organisations to help us continue our essential work. It is through these partnerships that we have been able to change the lives of thousands of children and adults with an intellectual disability. We rely on the ongoing contribution of corporations and the larger community to continue to develop our programs.

In addition to financial assistance, there are many opportunities to align your organisation with Special Olympics Australia, including donations of products & services and cause-related marketing campaigns.

Special Olympics Australia runs weekly sporting programs, personal development programs and major competitions that directly improve the health and quality of life for Australians with an intellectual disability.

For information on sponsorship please contact Karen Miller, General Manager, Fundraising at karenm@specialolympics.com.au or 1300 225 762.

Workplace Giving

Through our workplace giving program we’ve made it easy for you to help Special Olympics athletes achieve their personal best. Simply fill out your details and regular donation amount and provide the form to your payroll officer who will deduct your regular donation from your wage. By donating just $5 through your payroll, you will receive a tax deduction which means we receive $5 but you’ll only pay $3.37. So, for the cost of a coffee you can make a real difference to people with an intellectual disability. 

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Partner

Sponsorships, workplace giving and volunteering are just some of the ways you can become a supporter of Special Olympics Australia and help inspire the next generation of champions!

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Make a donation

Become a regular giver or make a one-off donation and we will see the money gets to where it is needed most to support more people with an intellectual disability around Australia to play sport.

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Attend an event

From comedy breakfasts and golfing events to race days and gala dinners, we have a variety of fundraising events to suit anyone. So grab some friends together and support Special Olympics Australia at our next event!

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Nicole Bartley, Brisbane, Queensland

Nicole has been training and competing with Special Olympics Australia for over 17 years and in that time she has represented Australia four times each in a different sport: Alpine skiing, basketball, tennis and swimming. She is very passionate about Special Olympics Australia and her community and you will often find her coaching the up-and-coming swimmers of tomorrow. Nicole is a great advocate for Special Olympics Australia and is willing to spread the word to all who will listen. She is often praised for her humanity, positivity and passion and last year at the World Games in Los Angeles she swam alongside legendary Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Special Olympics Australia fundraising events have been running for many years. Check out some of the highlights in our photo galleries.

Martin Smith, Moreton North, Queensland

Martin has been training and competing with Special Olympics Australia for over 22 years. He is an all-round sportsperson who currently participates in swimming, basketball, golf, athletics and gymnastics. In his time at Special Olympics Australia, Martin has always dreamt of representing Australia at the World Games and in 2015 his dream finally came true when he returned home from LA with seven medals including gold for best overall gymnast. He is also a registered swimming coach and can be found on the pool deck twice a week coaching mainstream athletes, and he also assists with Special Olympics Australia athletes. He also sits on the Sports Working Group where he acts as the voice for Queensland athletes. Outside of Special Olympics Australia, Martin has a second Dan black belt in Go Kan Ryu Karate and is now a Sensei who can instruct others. 

2014 | Moira Ryde (VIC)
2013 | Albert Green, OAM (ACT)
2012 | Norm Maroney APM, OAM (NSW)
2011 | Robyn Cook OAM (VIC)
2010 | Susan Grealy (QLD)
2009 | Rex Langthorne AM (NSW)
2008 | Alan Burke (VIC)
2007 | Eric Jones OAM (VIC)
             Kurt Kraushofer OAM (VIC)
2006 | Barry Easy OAM (NSW)
             Marian York (QLD)
2005 | Robyn Hanson OAM (TAS)
2004 | Anna-Louise Kassulke (QLD)
2003 | Jan Sharp OAM (VIC)
2002 | Leon Burwell OAM (NSW)
2001 | Carol Tanner OAM (TAS)
2000 | Des Renford MBE, OHC (NSW)

Each year Special Olympics Australia recognises a volunteer (or volunteers) who has shown dedication to our mission and long-standing commitment to our athletes by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. Nominations are sort from the Special Olympics Australia community and the National Selection Committee select the winner.

2016 Hall of Fame Nominations Are Now Closed

2016 | Martin Smith (QLD)
             Nicole Bartley (QLD)
2015 | Liam O'Donnell (ACT)
2014 | Joshua Frost (NSW)
2013 | Mel Eustace (NSW)
2012 | Steven White (VIC)
             Russell Nelligan (WA)
2011 | Andrew Williams (VIC)
2010 | John Faulkner (QLD)
2009 | Saxon Graham (NSW)
2008 | Gabrielle Clark (NSW)
             Kelly Wren (NSW)
2007 | Christopher Farmer (SA)

The EKS Award is presented annually to an athlete who has shown great leadership skills, both on and off the sporting field. The award is open to all Special Olympics Australia athletes and is presented on Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, which is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of September each year.

This award honours Special Olympics founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Australian volunteer, Dr John Day inspired this award when he donated the medal he received from Mrs Shriver in 1976 to mark the beginning of Special Olympics in Australia.

Athlete of the year

WINNER

Brooke McGrath, Macarthur (NSW)

Brooke has trained and competed with Special Olympics Australia for over ten years and consistently achieves her personal best in her favourite three sports – athletics, bocce and swimming. At the recent State Games in athletics she won three gold medals all in her best times making her eligible for selection for a third National Games. Brooke is also the athlete representative on the Macarthur club committee. She is dedicated to all her sports and attends every training session. If training is cancelled Brooke will train herself!

NOMINEES

Belinda Prince, Hunter Valley (NSW)

Belinda is a veteran of the pool having been swimming for over 16 years. Belinda admits that before swimming she was a bit of a couch potato. Now she’s out training multiple times a week as well as providing swimming lessons for others as an accredited AustSwim coach. One of the highlights of her career was winning two gold and one silver medal in the pool at the inaugural Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Games in 2013 which saw 2,500 athletes from 32 countries compete across 8 sports. The Games were held in Belinda’s neighbourhood of Newcastle and she was also selected as an athlete ambassador for the Games. 

Tahlia Henson, Illawarra (NSW)

Tahlia has played basketball with Special Olympics Australia for eight years and is described as passionate, dedicated and confident with a caring heart. She is also the athlete representative on the club committee which she helped establish by raising money and awareness. She is always seeking input from athletes and talking to them about ways to improve things so she really brings the voice of the athletes to the committee. She regularly promotes Special Olympics Australia by speaking at schools and organisations, including the Police Academy. Tahlia uses her knowledge and skills to assist younger or less experienced athletes and is always cheering on her colleagues.

Ricky Chittleborough, Perth Metro (WA)

At just 18, Ricky has shown leadership beyond his years. Just this year, he has graduated from the Athlete Leadership Program and achieved his coaching accreditation. With his new qualification he has been appointed as Assistant Coach for the Perth Metro basketball team where he is in charge of developing the skills of less experienced athletes. He is a fantastic role model and advocate for inclusion. In his six years with Special Olympics Australia, Ricky has shown he is willing to give anything a go and he treasures his basketball silver medal from the 2014 National Games.

Young athlete of the year (up to 26 years of age)

WINNER

Koby Banks, Illawarra (NSW)

Since Koby joined Special Olympics Australia in 2010 he has developed confidence and taken on new challenges, including helping to promote the Illawarra club to new athletes. He has attended all competitions hosted by the club, either as an athlete or volunteer. His love of basketball has seen him compete at two National Games and he has since achieved his refereeing qualifications. He started off playing in the lowest division but his commitment to training has seen him rise through the grades to the top division. He’s often out fundraising to get athletes to competitions even when he’s not on the team. On the sporting field, Koby displays great sportsmanship and applauds the efforts of his fellow athletes.

NOMINEES

Shane Cooks Reynolds, Mackay (QLD)

Shane has trained with the Special Olympics Mackay club since it was established in 2012. He actively participates in all club activities and strives to achieve success in his sporting, working and personal lives. Shane engages well with everyone and mentors younger athletes. He’s a keen tenpin bowler and basketballer who won gold at the National Games in 2014. Shane often represents his club to sponsors and benefactors and enjoys public speaking. Shane has enrolled in the Community Coaching Course so that he can assist at basketball training. Shane consistently shows courage, promotes teamwork and leads by example.

Josiah Bradshaw, Sunshine Coast (QLD)

Since Josiah joined the Sunshine Coast club he has demonstrated exceptional progress, skill and determination in his chosen sport of golf. Josiah’s leadership skills, positivity and supportive attitude towards others was rewarded when he was selected as the group leader in the weekly program. This leadership attitude is demonstrated in and out of the sporting arena.

Joshua Elliott, Perth Metro (WA)

19-year old Joshua has been competing in tenpin bowling and swimming with the Perth Metro club since he joined Special Olympics Australia in 2012. In that time he has won a gold medal in swimming at the 2014 National Games in Melbourne and three gold and a silver medal at the State of Origin competition in Kalgoorlie. He enjoys assisting younger athletes to develop their skill, leads by example and shows great sportsmanship even when he doesn’t win. He’s particularly proud that he regularly attends training and he has made a commitment to maintain a balanced diet.

 

Coach of the year

WINNER

Liz Ewen, Brisbane (QLD)

Liz has been delivering quality swim coaching and heading up aquatics teams for over 22 years at club, state, national and international levels. She is an advocate for all her swimmers, making sure they are treated fairly and have the best opportunity to do their best.

She also encourages and mentors older athletes to become leaders. Liz is a great supporter of families, old and new and gives many hours of patient teaching and dedication to ensure that children are safe in the water. Liz is always conscious of developing young athletes and ensuring a healthy stream of “new talent” flows into Special Olympics Australia. Liz has a huge list of accolades. Last year she was Head Coach of the swimming team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games and this year she was a winner of the Stafford Queensland Day Community Awards.

NOMINEES

Leanne Secomb, Illawarra (NSW)

Leanne got a taste of Special Olympics Australia at the age of 8 when she would join her brother Peter at training. In 2006, at the age of x, she became a volunteer and has shown great passion and commitment to everything Special Olympics ever since. Leanne believes that people with an intellectual disability are capable of greatness and deserve opportunities and respect. In 2015, she was Head Coach of the men’s basketball team who won gold in the highest division at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. She has coached at all levels, served on committees, been a ball girl at tennis, a lane supervisor at bowling, a timekeeper at swimming, a referee at soccer and even dressed up as Santa for Christmas. Leanne displays innovative, progressive and safe coaching practices, and always acts in the best interest of athletes.

Kirsty Brunsdon, North West New England (NSW)

Kirsty is the quiet achiever behind the planning, promoting and implementing of the sports calendar at the North West New England club where she has been actively involved for ten years. She is passionate about sport and community awareness, and is described as a “doer” with a high standard of service delivery. Kirsty has been instrumental in increasing athlete participation and creating more sporting opportunities for athletes with intellectual disability in the local community. She is also a powerful motivator who adapts her coaching techniques to suit athletes of all abilities.

Helen Dixon, Redlands (QLD)

Helen established the Redlands swimming program four years ago when her son Jack and some of his friends couldn’t find a suitable club to meet their needs. Now Special Olympics Redlands supports more than 40 swimmers. Helen is always encouraging her swimmers to reach for the next level. The regional meet hosted by Redlands each year is put together solely by Helen who also does the fundraising. Helen is a wonderful advocate for swimmers with a disability and she has been instrumental in encouraging the community to welcome and engage with them at local venues.

Young coach of the year (up to 26 years of age)

WINNER

Melinda Ney, Hunter Valley (NSW)

At just 18 years old, Melinda already has four years under her belt as a volunteer and swimming coach. She is currently mentoring two young volunteers who will become accredited later in 2016. Her enthusiasm and encouragement is amazing and most recently she was NSW Team Assistant at the Trans Tasman Games Tournament in New Zealand. She is respected by all for her passion and positivity and this year she was named as a finalist in the Young Official of the Year and Young Coach of the Year categories at the NSW Sports Awards.

Volunteer of the year

WINNER

Melda and Terry McMahon, Melbourne Inner East (VIC)

Together, Mel and Terry have given exceptional support to the Melbourne Inner East club for over 20 years. As part of the fabric of the club they have held a variety of positions, but their favourites is playing the role of sports coordinators of tenpin bowling where they manage the largest group of bowlers (120) in any Special Olympics Australia club. Terry served as Chairman of the club for four years in the early days of the club, one of the oldest clubs in Australia and Mel is still on the club committee. Health issues saw them try and retire in 2012 but they couldn’t give up their dedication to their tenpin bowlers. Until recently, they also arranged the annual regional competition as well as helping with State Games.

NOMINEES

Debra Banks, Illawarra (NSW)

Debra has been a member of the Illawarra club committee since the club was established in 2010. She is now the driving force behind the club. Debra is committed to running high-quality regional competitions that are applauded by other clubs who attend. She also delivers detailed reports on all sports because she is in constant contact with coaches, athletes, families and committee members. She encourages volunteers to improve their skills and has built many valuable relationships within the local community which has increased opportunities for athletes. She also promotes competition pathways and encourages athletes to aspire to higher levels of competition.

Julie Daskal, Mid North Coast (NSW)

Julie has been a volunteer with the Mid North Coast club since 2010 when her son Jason joined the tenpin bowling program, despite the 150km round-trip to get to training! Since then she has tirelessly promoted special Olympics in the Forster area where she regularly organises Bunnings BBQ's and other fundraising activities as well as running a new tenpin bowling league for 15-20 young athletes. She is also the organiser of the Christmas party which is regularly attended by the mayor.

Jon Haggarty, Bendigo (VIC)

John is a valued member of the Bendigo club where he has fulfilled many roles over the past 10 years, including vice-chair, secretary and registrar. He has also been a tenpin bowling coach and sometimes the bus driver. In fact, John would do anything for the athletes of Special Olympics Australia and volunteers to do many tasks within the club. He is a positive role model who is always helping others.

Young volunteer of the year (up to 26 years of age)

No nominations

“When Martin was born we had all these dreams for him, but when the doctor told us that he had a disability and not to expect too much from him, all those dreams were quickly shattered. We were devastated. What would the future hold?”

Martin was born with Down syndrome. But he wasn’t going to let a disability stop his future prospects. When Martin represented Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015 he realised a life-long dream to wear the green and gold. And 34 years after his mum had been told not to expect too much from him, she was there in the crowd cheering him on. He did everyone proud returning home with four gold, two silver and one bronze medal in gymnastics.

Martin’s parents knew the value of sport so they enrolled him in a mainstream swimming program, but as his mum says, “He was not really included. He was put at the end of the group and just told to follow the others. We tried other sports too, but same story.” After many setbacks Martin’s parents finally found Special Olympics Australia when Martin was 12. He immediately fell in love with sport and was embraced by a supportive sporting community where he felt encouraged and accepted.

Martin’s mother believes Special Olympics Australia was Martin’s lifesaver. He has since represented Queensland at five Special Olympics Australia National Games in swimming, basketball, athletics and gymnastics and this year fulfilled his dream to represent
Australia at an international level. What Martin discovered is that Special Olympics Australia provides more than just sport and competition. It offers a welcoming environment where volunteers accept and encourage everyone’s individual skills. It provides opportunities for fun and friendship to a group of people who are often isolated or ignored.

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Aquatics (Swimming)
Thursday 5.30-6pm
World of Swimming Penrith
8 Tindale Street
Penrith NSW 2751
$10 per lesson

Winter
Friday 5.30-6.30pm
Springwood Aquatic and Fitness Centre
11 Plateau Road
Springwood NSW 2777
$12.50 per lesson

Summer
Friday 5.30-6pm
Glenbrook Swim Centre
Fletcher Street & Wascoe Street
Glenbrook NSW 2773
$12.50 per lesson

Athletics
Thursday (During School Term)
5.30-6.30pm (Alternate weeks in summer)
Sports Centre
Blue Mountains Grammar School
3 Matcham Avenue
Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
$50 per term

Basketball
Thursday (During School Term)
5.30-6.30pm (Alternate weeks)
Sports Centre
Blue Mountains Grammar School
3 Matcham Avenue
Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
$50 per term

Cricket
Monday (During School Term) 5-6.15 pm
Dukes Oval
Great Western Highway
Penrith NSW 2750

Football (Soccer)
Thursday (During School Term)
5.30-6.30pm (Alternate weeks in winter)
Sports Centre
Blue Mountains Grammar School
3 Matcham Avenue
Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
$50 per term

Tenpin Bowling
Wednesday (During School Term) 4.45-6.30pm
AMF Bowling
62-72 Batt Street
Jamisontown NSW 2750
$13 per week

Saturday (During School Term) 10am
Windsor Tenpin Bowl
102 Ham Street
South Windsor NSW 2756
2 games per week
$12.20 per week

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2017 Events

Dream Sports Lunch

Date: Friday 28 July 2017
Venue: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
MC: Nick McCallum, Television & Radio Journalist
Guest Speakers: Jockey Michelle Payne and Stevie Payne
Time: 12pm Registration, 12:30-3pm Lunch
Cost: Tickets $180pp / Table of ten $1,750
Sponsorship opportunities available

BOOK YOUR PLACE

Sports Lunch, ACT

Date: Thursday 3 August 2017
Venue: Hellenic Club, Canberra
MC: Tim Gavel, ABC Presenter
Guest Speakers: Michael O'Loughlin
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Cost: Table of ten $1,750 or $180 for individual ticket
Sponsorship opportunities available

BOOK YOUR PLACE

Signature Dinner

Date: Friday 18 August 2017
Venue: Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney
MC: John Foreman AM
Entertainment: TBC
Time: 7:00pm till late
Cost: $2,500 for table of ten or $250 for individual ticket
Sponsorship opportunities available

BOOK YOUR PLACE

Golden Rose Race Day

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
Venue: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney
MC: Paula Duncan AM
Guest Speakers: TBC
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Cost: $1,900 for table of ten or $195 for individual ticket
Sponsorship opportunities available

BOOK YOUR PLACE

2016 Events

Special Olympics Australia Golf Day

Date: Thursday 24 November 2016
Venue: The Lakes Golf Club
Time: 12pm registration, 1pm tee off
Cost: Tickets $1,500 per team of four
Includes 18 holes, 2 carts, 2 course dinner, drinks and BBQ lunch
Sponsorship opportunities available

BOOK YOUR PLACE

Harbour Cruise

Date: Sunday 11 December 2016
Venue: The Blue Room
MC: Paula Duncan AM
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Tickets $190 / Table of ten $1,850
3 Course Meal, Beer, Wine, Champagne and Soft Drinks
Sponsorship opportunities available

BOOK YOUR PLACE

 

Office of the Chief Executive

Corene Strauss Chief Executive Officer
1300 225 762

Caroline Stewart Executive Assistant & Stakeholder Engagement Executive
1300 225 762 | 0477 749 948 | carolines@specialolympics.com.au

Rick van Brugge Chief Operating Officer
1300 225 762 | 0458 098 023 | rickvb@specialolympics.com.au

Sport

For general sports enquiries please call 07 3420 5761.

Terry Visscher General Manager, Sport Development
07 3420 5761 | 0477 716 404  | terryv@specialolympics.com.au

Michelle Parr-Smith National Sports Administrator
07 3420 5761 | 0477 733 583 | michelleps@specialolympics.com.au

Rob Regent Sports Development Manager (NSW/ACT)
02 6251 4250 | 0432 935 810 | robr@specialolympics.com.au

Andrew Sadleir Assistant Sports Development Manager (NSW/ACT)
02 8736 1259 | 0419 838 549 | andrews@specialolympics.com.au

Suzy Chainey Sports Development Manager (QLD/WA/NT)
07 3420 5761 | 0477 749 949 | suzyc@specialolympics.com.au

Daniel Ogle Assistant Sports Development Manager (QLD/WA/NT)
08 9321 3207 | 0428 034 585 | danielo@specialolympics.com.au

Simon Rodder Sports Development Manager (VIC/SA/TAS)
0427 469 424 | simonr@specialolympics.com.au

Lisa Hester Assistant Sports Development Manager (VIC/SA/TAS) and National Netball Coordinator
08 8234 8730 | 0404 160 974 | lisah@specialolympics.com.au

National Games 2018

Bredette Koen Director, National Games 2018
1300 225 762 | 0450 009 273 | bredettek@specialolympics.com.au

Fundraising and Partner Relations

Fran Eustace National Manager, Fundraising Events
1300 225 762 | 0410 664 564 | frane@specialolympics.com.au

Mabel Park Fundraising Events Coordinator
1300 225 762 | mabelp@specialolympics.com.au

For general fundraising enquiries please email fundraising@specialolympics.com.au

For Mater Prize Home Draw enquiries please call 1800 707 291 or visit www.materprizehome.com.au.

Communications and Media

Paul Wiggins Marketing & Communications Executive
1300 225 762 | 0437 438 423 | paulw@specialolympics.com.au

Chris Bunton Communications Assistant, Reporter & Athlete
1300 225 762 | chrisb@specialolympics.com.au

For general media enquiries please contact media@specialolympics.com.au

People and Culture

Terence Young General Manager
1300 225 762 | 0477 733 582 | terencey@specialolympics.com.au

For general volunteer enquiries please email volunteer@specialolympics.com.au

For issues, complaints or feedback please contact complaints@specialolympics.com.au

Finance & Administration

Patricia Sugita Financial Accountant
1300 225 762 | 0455 071 955 | patricias@specialolympics.com.au

Maureen Scott Database Manager
1300 225 762 | 0419 259 281 | maureens@specialolympics.com.au

Edward Smith Database Administrator
1300 225 762 | edwards@specialolympics.com.au

Corene Strauss, Chief Executive Officer

Caroline Stewart, Executive Assistant
Caroline provides administrative support to the CEO and Board, including preparation of reports and policy documents. She is also minute secretary for the Board and sub-committees of the Board.           

SPORT

Amanda Beehag, General Manager
Amanda is responsible for the design and management of sports development and competition pathways across the country.

Lauren Camino, National Programs
Lauren manages major sporting competitions in conjunction with Games Organising Committees and also manages wintersports.

Rob Regent, Sports Development
Rob is responsible for increasing sports participation and providing access to competition pathways in NSW/ACT.

Terry Visscher, Sports Development
Terry is responsible for increasing sports participation and providing access to competition pathways in QLD/WA/NT.

Simon Rodder, Sports Development
Simon is responsible for increasing sports participation and providing access to competition pathways in VIC/SA/TAS.

Andrew Sadlier, Asst. Sports Development
Andrew works closely with the Sports Development Manager to increase sports participation and provide access to competition pathways in NSW/ACT.

Daniel Ogle, Asst. Sports Development
Daniel works closely with the Sports Development Manager to increase sports participation and provide access to competition pathways in QLD/WA/NT.          

Lisa Hester, Asst. Sports Development
Lisa works closely with the Sports Development Manager to increase sports participation and provide access to competition pathways in VIC/SA/TAS. She also manages netball.

FUNDRAISING

Fran Eustace, National Fundraising Events
Fran organises corporate fundraising events on a national scale and works in partnership with over twenty organising committees to help with the implementation of these events.

Mabel Park, Fundraising Events Coordinator

FINANCE

Rick Van Brugge, Chief Operating Officer
Rick is responsible for oversees finance, IT, risk and compliance, HR and general legal matters.

Patricia Sugita, Financial Accountant
Patricia is responsible for all accounting operations, including monthly financial reports, accounting records, budgets designed to mitigate risk and reporting of company results.

Wenham Qi, Accountant
Wenham secures revenue by verifying and posting receipts, resolving discrepancies and performing weekly bank reconciliations.

Rex Goldring, Accounts Officer
Rex completes payments and controls expenses by receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices.

Maureen Scott, Database Manager
Maureen is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and reliability of all databases and software packages. First level IT Support and administration.

Edward Smith, Database Officer (p/t)
Edward assists in maintaining the accuracy and reliability of all databases. He is also a Special Olympics Australia athlete.

PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Terence Young, General Manager
Terence works closely with volunteers and staff to provide effective planning, implementation and evaluation of volunteer programs and services.

COMMUNICATIONS

Paul Wiggins, Marketing & Communications Executive
Paul is responsible for internal and external communications/marketing, digital channels, including website, social media and email communications.

Chris Bunton, Assistant (p/t)
Chris assists with anything communications-related, including acting as a roving reporter. He is also a Special Olympics Australia athlete.

Peter Overton
Respected journalist Peter Overton joined Special Olympics Australia as our first ambassador in 2001 and today he is a regular at events. Peter says, ‘Special Olympics Australia is a great organisation that makes a difference to the lives of so many people. I'm always inspired by the achievements of athletes, amazed at the skills of my fellow volunteers and proud of the great sponsors and donors that share their support. I’m pleased to have found a rewarding role at Special Olympics Australia and I hope more people do too.’

Duncan Armstrong
Duncan Armstrong became a household name with an upset win in the 200m freestyle at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. It was Australia's 100th Olympic swimming medal. Duncan has since enjoyed careers in television and radio, motivational speaking, endorsements and corporate partnerships. Of Special Olympics Australia he says, 'The only athletes truly competing for the love of sport are found at Special Olympics.'

Jim Maxwell
Jim Maxwell is the most experienced cricket commentator on the ABC. He is also an ambassador who has inspired athletes with his tales. He says, ‘I’m happy to share my time with other lovers of sport...and Special Olympics athletes love sport. It’s a fantastic community program!’

Craig Wing
Former Australian rugby league player Craig Wing joined Special Olympics in 2008. Craig says, ‘I'm really excited to be involved as services for people with an intellectual disability is something that's very real for me. I'm looking forward to raising awareness and showing that these people can accomplish amazing things. I admire Special Olympics athletes for their courage and enjoy being on their team.’

Paula Duncan
Renowned Australian actress and community supporter, Paula Duncan has been an ambassador of Special Olympics Australia since 2008. Of her involvement with Special Olympics Australia she says, ‘I have worked with people with an intellectual disability for many years and this is one of the most innovative programs, which allows people with intellectual disability to join the community in a very real sense. I am right behind these everyday heroes every step of the way.’

Amber Lawrence
Amber Lawrence is a talented and award-winning singer/songwriter. Amber has been involved with Special Olympics Australia since 2010 and in 2012 she dedicated her song TRY as the theme song for the Junior National Games

Tahir
Tahir is one of Australia’s busiest comedians. In 1996 he was voted comic of the year and has since been involved in some of Australia's most popular television programs including Fat Pizza and Housos.

Rob Shehadie
Rob Shehadie has starred in the hit TV comedy Fat Pizza as well as the Fat Pizza Movie, which broke box office records around Australia. Rob has toured the country with several stage show comedies.

Iva Davies
Iva Davies, is the musical creative force behind Icehouse who have earned an amazing 28 platinum records, eight top 10 albums and over thirty top 40 singles. Iva continues to showcase his musical skills for films, ballet, television and special events.

John Foreman
John Foreman is a musical director, pianist, composer and well-recognised face on Australian television. John wrote The Flame, which was performed by Tina Arena and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony. His compositions have also been performed by artists such as Vanessa Amorosi and Jose Carreras. 

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