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Congratulations Jack Hombsch!

25 September 2017

We would like to extend a big congratulations to Port Adelaide AFL defender Jack Hombsch on being awarded the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award at last night's Brownlow Medal ceremony.  

Jack has worked tirelessly both on and off the field to drive awareness about intellectual disabilities and we're extremely lucky to have such a driven champion on the board of the 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games. Cheers to your achievements, Jack!

Miles Fisher, Moreton North, QLD

Miles has been training and competing in football and athletics with Special Olympics Australia for over eight years. He has been to a National Games, Trans Tasman Tournament and Asia Pacific Games and in that time has developed a passion for health and fitness. So he hit the books to gain the necessary qualifications to become a personal trainer and fitness advisor and now he is working in the field focussing on fitness for people with disability. Miles is described as compassionate, helpful and enthusiastic. Outside of Special Olympics he has a blue belt in both Brazilian Ju Jitsu and Wing Chun Kung Fu. In September 2016, Miles lead a group of community supporters in an inaugural fundraising event called Miles4Miles to raise money for local athletes selected for the Trans Tasman Tournament. Miles will compete in athletics at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide.

2017 EKS Award Nominees

Martin Bankier, Melbourne Southern, VIC
Martin has been playing basketball with Special Olympics Australia for over 20 years and competed at 21 State Games in his favourite sport. Martin acts as a mentor to other athletes both on and off the field, and is always very polite and cooperative with his coaches and team managers, which sets a great example for his fellow athletes.

 

Will Brunsdon, North West New England, NSW
Will has been participating with Special Olympics for 11 years, playing a variety of sports and is a serious spectator of most! He has competed at club, state and national level, enabling him to develop great confidence and grow into a role model who is passionate about helping others. In swimming alone you will often find him helping others to improve their stroke and achieve their goals. Will is an Athlete Leader and engages with schools, clubs and community groups in public speaking roles, promoting Special Olympics. Will is dedicated to training and fitness, and shows great positivity and sportsmanship. Will will compete in golf at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide and will be part of the Queen's Baton relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Carley Chapman, Central Coast, NSW
Carley has actively been involved in Special Olympics since 2005, where she has participated in a variety of sports including swimming, athletics, bocce, golf and netball. She has competed at three National Games, and in 2015 was part of the athletics team at the World Games in Los Angeles, winning a gold in the 100m and bronze in 4x100m relay. Carley is an Athlete Leader and has used her learnt skills at various venues including giving talks at schools and other community groups. Carley is a committed member of her local club and in 2007 won the Gosford Council's Australia Day Award for Sport as well as the Gosford Council's Australia Day Award for Person with Disabilty in 2011. Carley will compete in athletics at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide.

Keiran Corry, Hunter Valley, NSW
Keiran has been swimming with Special Olympics since 2004. He has competed at all levels including 4 National Games and World Games in 2011 and 2015, where he won gold in the open water event. Out of the pool, Keiran has taken on the role of ambassador, including being a mentor for the NSW team at the 2017 Junior National Games. He is always keen to help out the Hunter Valley club in their fundraising activities and acts as a role model to many of the younger athletes. Keiran will represent NSW at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide.

Sam Fogarty, Greater Canberra, ACT
Sam has shown a long-standing commitment to Special Olympics, demonstrating outstanding leadership in this time. He participates in golf and cricket, including representing Australia at the 2016 Macau Gold Masters Tournament. In 2014, Sam was the athlete ambassador for the ACT team and has been actively involved as an Athlete Leader, representing Special Olympics at many fundraising lunches and dinners. Sam will represent ACT in golf at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide.

Hayden Grant, Ballarat, VIC
Hayden has been involved in Special Olympics since 2014, competing in swimming at many regional and state games, as well as the 2017 Junior National Games. In his four years, he has worked hard to improve his swimming and master all four strokes. Hayden is an ambassador for his Ballarat club and actively gets involved in many events, including speaking at functions and community events. In 2017, Hayden participated in the WESTVIC sports encouragement program alongside athletes without a disability.

Stuart Sutton, Melbourne Inner East, VIC
Stuart, who has been involved with Special Olympics for over ten years, is a keen bowler and basketballer who always gives his best in sport and as an ambassador for Special Olympics Australia. Stuart is a great role model to his fellow athletes and assists his club whenever possible, including as coach, mentor and public speaker. In 2014, he was the athlete representative on the Board of the Special Olympics Australia National Games and proved to be an enthusiastic contributor to the role.

Kie Wilson-McNaught, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Kie has been a member of Special Olympics since 2002, participating in athletics, swimming and basketball. Kie has competed in numerous state games, three National Games and the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles, competing athletics. Kie has shown outstanding leadership through the basketball program, getting others involved and demonstrating his coaching expertise. Kie volunteers his time as coach and mentor, including at the Junior National Games on the Gold Coast in 2017, as well as outside Special Olympics in schools and his local community. Kie has been recognised in his local community through numerous awards and achievements, including the Sport Achievement Award by the Federal Member for Fairfax in 2015 and the Derek Richards Memorial Trophy Encouragement Award in 2012. Kie will represent Queensland in basketball at the 2018 National Games.

Support our 2018 National Games athletes:

Basketball: Corey BurkeJoselyn EvansMitchell RuncieSky Waterson | Christine WheelerJaycob WilliamsKie Wilson-McNaught

Bocce: Ryan Hight | Meaghan Holland

Bowling: Elissa Flannery | Sara McKenzie | Craig MitchellMichael Moran | Courtney South | Karen Zeeman

Football: Brenton Morris

Golf: Dean McMahon | Amanda Patterson

Sailing: Anthony Boyd | Damien Hallam | Shain Reeve

Swimming: Chloe BaldwinAinslie Carter | Ariana CarterJackson HughesBree Johnson | Jordan Overs | Tessa Howie

Tennis: Kathryn Wilson

Technical Delegates

Sports Manager - Moira Ryde

Moira started with Special Olympics as a swimming coach for her local club and from that gained as much knowledge about intellectual disability as she could. She also attended many coaching clinics and gained coaching qualifications. Moira has been part of team management for World Games and Asia Pacific Games. She has held many positions within Special Olympics - from National board member and National sports committee to local chair on the Special Olympics Victoria board including being treasurer. She has also been a member of the Special Olympics International rules committee for 6 years. Moira was awarded the Special Olympics Australia Hall of Fame award in 2014.

Athletics - Alicia Lands

Alicia and her sister started their local Special Olympics athletics training program in 2001. They have been coaching the local group of athletes together ever since. She became involved in team trips with Special Olympics in 2010 for the National Games in Adelaide with Team Victoria, then attending the 2011 World Games, 2012 Junior National Games and 2015 World Games. Alicia's first role as Athletics Technical Delegate was in 2014 for the National Games held in Melbourne. She said it was fantastic to organise an event that so many athletes, coaches and volunteers got to enjoy. Utilising her past experience as being part of the team environment has been invaluable to her role as Technical Delegate. 

Alicia's other Special Olympics roles are as Melbourne Inner East club athletics coach and athletics coordinator, Membership Officer and Victorian State Athletics Coordinator. Outside of Special Olympics she is a secretary and life member of Diamond Creek Calisthenics Club and was a competitor for 25 years.

Basketball - Suzy Chainey

Suzy has played basketball since she was 10, playing club representative basketball through her junior years and continuing to play at a state league level until starting a family. She started coaching basketball in 2001 when her local Special Olympics club wanted to start a basketball program and needed a coach. Suzy has travelled to the Special Olympics World Games as an assistant basketball coach and as part of Team Management. This will be her 3rd National Games in the role of basketball Technical Delegate and 5th in total.

Bocce - Ian Hampton

For past 10 years Ian has assisted or run the annual Special Olympics Victoria State Games Bocce tournament. He was the assistant Technical Delegate for the Bocce at the 2014 National Games in Melbourne. Ian assists with the regular coaching of the Melbourne Eastern Ranges Bocce athletes.

Bowling - Justin Lopes

Justin has been involved in Special Olympics for five years and has attended the 2014 National Games, as well as Junior National Games and Trans Tasman Tournment in this time. Justin has had previous roles as Victorian State Manager for Tenpin Bowling Australia and Team Manager for Victorian State and youth teams. He is a qualified level 1 coach and is a participant in a weekly bowling league.

Equestrian - Jill Shelton

Growing up as a child in country Victoria, Jill has been a horse rider all her life. She has always been driven to enable children with disabilities to enjoy some of the fun that she was lucky enough to enjoy, growing up. Jill has been an RDA coach since 1987 and volunteers twice a week working with children and adults with a variety of disabilities. She is on the coaching and safety committee in RDASA , and is involved in running competitions and training activities. Jill is a classifier for Para Equestrian competition and works as a physiotherapist with children with disabilities.

Football - Eddie Meechan

Eddie is a veteran of Special Olympics Australia football competition, having been involved for 18 years and attended four previous National Games. He was the Head Coach of the football team at the 2003 and 2011 World Games, as well as NSW coach as various National Games, including the 2010 Games in Adelaide. He has been the state football coordinator for NSW from 2001-2005 and 2010 to present.

Golf - Rex Langthorne AM

Rex has played and coached several sports at varying levels but golf has been his major focus since 1979 when he joined the Long Reef Club in Sydney. His achievements with Special Olympics include introducing golf into the program in Australia as wellas being involved in coaching athletes and managing events in NSW plus organising charity golf days to raise funds for the organisation. During his tenure with Special Olympics Rex has held positions from Regional or Club Chair, SOA Board Chair to being a member of the SOI Board. His greatest satisfaction is seeing athletes that he has coached become members of his golf club, play in regular club competitions, be fully accepted by members and win club events. 

Gymnastics - Natalie Johnston

Natalie started out as a Gymnast at the age of 6 and continued competing in the sport until she was 18 years of age, reaching National Level 9 and representing NSW at the Australian National Titles on many occasions. She has coached all level of gymnasts, from Kindergym to Elite but always ensured there were some Special Olympics Gymnasts in her weekly coaching program. Natalie has worked for Gymnastics NSW as the Sports Program Manager for 8 years, managing Womens’, Mens’, Rhythmic, Trampolining, Sports Aerobics and Sports Acrobatics. She has travelled on Special Olympics teams interstate and overseas to State, National, Trans Tasman and World Games. She is currently on the Special Olympics International Sports Rules Committee for Gymnastics and has loved having the opportunities to meet all of the wonderful athletes and volunteers that have been a part of every level of all these events around the country and the world.

Sailing - Deirdre Schahinger

Deirdre learnt to sail with her father in a wooden 14ft dinghy, progressing to family holidays in a 24ft trailer-sailer off the south coast of England. Later on she raced with her husband in 18ft catamarans at Adelaide Sailing Club at club, state and national level. Deirdre is the coordinator of Sailability Holdfast Bay, an international program that supports people of all ages with a disability to take up sailing. Many Special Olympics athletes have learnt to sail with a Sailability program and learnt to race at Hansa Championships. She has volunteered with Adelaide Sailing Club to host several national championships of all sailboat classes including Hansa, Blind Match racing and was TD of Sailing  at the 2010 National Games.

Swimming - Liz Ewen

As a swimmer and water polo player, Liz was always interested in water sports. After many years of teaching swimming, she went on to do her Level 2 Accreditation in 1994. In the same year she was approached by Special Olympics Brisbane North Region to coach their squads on a temporary basis. 23 years later she is still involved with Special Olympics Brisbane Club and has been part of many Queensland and Australian Swimming Teams since. As a head coach on these teams Liz has had the honour of seeing my swimmers achieve personal best times and medals of all colours. As the Special Olympics Queensland Swimming Coordinator she has implemented the Unified Swim School, now at 3 locations, in an effort to combine Special Olympics and mainstream club swimmers.

Tennis - Greg Gibson

Greg has been involved in Special Olympics Australia for 24 years, attending six National Games in that time. He has been the World Games head coach on three occasions and assistant Technical Delegate at the 2007 and 2007 Games. Greg has been the Tecnical Delegate for tennis at the 2002 and 2014 National Games, as well as head coach for NSW four times. In 1993 he introduced tennis to his local Special Olympics club and has been the NSW Tennis coordinator since 1995. Outside of Special Olympics Greg is the President of the Marrickville District Lawn Tennis Club.

Competition Sports

Competitors at the 2018 National Games will compete across 11 official Special Olympics Australia sports. Click on a sport to find more information.

Exhibition Sports

Venues

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Venue

 

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Schedule

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Healthy Athletes Program

Venue

Surf Lifesaving Club, 2 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024

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Schedule

TBC

Photos

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Families & Supporters Hub

Venue

Glenelg Lacrosse Club, Military Road, West Beach, 5024

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Schedule

Open everyday from 9am to 5pm

Functions: (Open to all families and supporters):
Wednesday 18th April: Cheese & Wine Evening – 5pm to 8pm
Thursday 19th April: Social Evening – 5pm to 8pm

Please note schedule may change

Important Information

Soft drinks, water and snacks can be purchased here throughout the day but no alcohol will be sold from this premises

Closing Ceremony

Date

Friday 20 April 2018

Venue

Titanium Security Arena

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Time

04:00pm to 06:00pm

Photos

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Important Information

Due to limited seating, tickets will be available for purchase from November.

Opening Ceremony

Date

Monday 16 April 2018

Venue

Titanium Security Arena

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Time

04:00pm to 06:00pm

Photos

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Important Information

Due to limited seating, Tickets will be available for purchase from November.

Athletes Village

Venue

Adelaide Shores Caravan Park and Resort

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Important Information

This is a closed venue for accredited athletes, coaches, carers and support staff. No public will be able to gain access to the Athletes Village.

Bowling

Venue

AMF Bowling & Laser Tag, 819 Port Rd, Woodville

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

Individuals, Doubles, Teams

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Table Tennis

Venue

TBC

Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

TBC

Rules

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Tennis

Venue

West Lake Tennis Club, 21 Edwin Street, West Lakes

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

Singles, Doubles

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Swimming

Venue

SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 400m Freestyle , 800m Freestyle, 4x 50m Medley Relay, 4x 100m Medley Relay,  4x100m Freestyle Relay, 400m Individual Medley, 4x50m Freestyle

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Open Water Swimming

Venue

Rowing SA, 100 Military Road, West Lakes

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

1500m

Rules

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Sailing

Venue

Adelaide Sailing Club, 9 Barcoo Road, West Beach

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

Level I, Level II, Level IV, Level V

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Gymnastics

Venue

Marion Leisure & Fitness, Oaklands Road, Morphettville

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

Artistic Gymnastics

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Golf

Venue

Adelaide Shores Golf Course, Military Road, West Beach

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

18 Hole Format, 9 Hole Format

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Football

Venue

Adelaide Shores Barratt Reserve East, West Beach Road, West Beach

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

7-a-side, 5-a-side

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

TBC

Important Information

The 5-a-side format will be run according to the rules of Futsal but played in an outdoor arena

Equestrian

Venue

Mallala Equestrian Centre, 2665 Redbanks Road, Mallala

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

English Equitation, Dressage, Working Trails, Prix Caprilli, Gymkhana

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Important Information

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Bocce

Venue

Fogolar Furlan, 69 Briar Road, Felixstow

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Schedule

TBC

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

TBC

Important Information

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Basketball

Venue

The Arc Campbelltown, 531 Lower N E Road, Campbelltown

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Schedule

TBC

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Athletics - Track & Field

Venue

SA Athletics Stadium, Marjorie Jackson Nelson Drive, Mile End

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

100m Walk, 100m Run, 1500m Run, 200m Run, 400m Walk, 400m Run, 4x 100m Relay, 5000m Run, 50m Run, 800m Run, 800m Walk, Standing Long Jump, Long Jump, Turbo Javelin, Softball Throw, Shot Put, 3000m run,10 000m run, 4x400m relay

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Athletics - Half Marathon

Venue

Adelaide Sailing Club along Esplanade

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Schedule & Route

Start & Finish: Adelaide Sailing Club
Turnaround: Brighton Caravan Park

Water points

Every 3km

Previous Winners & National Records

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Important Information

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The journey begins!

7 September 2017

The journey to Adelaide has begun for hundreds of athletes with an intellectual disability around Australia as they receive the exciting news they have been selected to represent their state at the 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games.

For local South Australian athletes Josh Morpeth and Paul Leikas, the occasion was extra special as they were presented with their offer letters by cycling legend Stuart O'Grady and Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans.

Find out moreView the article from The Advertiser

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Team Tasmania

Basketball

Allan Bakes | Ashlee Stanwix | Daniel Joesph Thomson | Gabrielle Turley | Kirsten Harvey | Mitchell Leonard Huxley | Nicholas Heames | Nicholas James Carter | Ruby Tatnell 

Bocce

Barry Cross Daniel Leon Marshall | Graeme Cross | Johnathon Goss | Kenneth Cotton | Penny Dishington

Bowling

Alan Kilmartin | Craig Hansen | Harley Miller | Michelle Heald | Nicole Michelle Furfaro | Peta-Jo Skurrie |

Swimming

Aran Miller | Craig Davey | Leif Barstad | Philip De Jong

Tennis

Connor Sheppard | Jordan Anthony Edwards

Team South Australia

Athletics

Amechai Bawden | Sheridan Durston | Scott Hart | Paul Leikas | Paula Morrissy | Roy Stewart | Holly Taylor | William Turner

Basketball

Nathan Balkwill | Tahlia Batt | Anton Cobb | Shane Colmer | Kane Ertas | Adriana Garcia | Keenan Georg-Dent | Zachary Georg-Dent | Amy Howard | Ben JarrettBradley Kinross | Wayne Kinross | Harrison MallardCameron McLeod |  Nicholas O'Brien​ | Lauren Packham​ | Benjamin Paior-Smith | Morgan PaynterNadia Procter ​| Krystel Skye Pugsley | Nicholas SchulzKurt Scott | Jim Taylor | Sarah ThurmanCraig WarcupJamin Wilson-Eglinton | Mia Woods | Lachlan Woollett

Bowling

Donna Alexander | Loughlin Beavis | Rachel FenwickDale Giumelli | Nicole Hill | Kellie Martlew | Kathleen McGrath | Joshua Morpeth | Timothy Ryan

Equestrian

Kayla Houltham | Janet NourseAndrew Tanner | Catherine Viney

Football

Rhys Baker | Lachlan Griffths | Will Henry | Damian Jenkins | Robbie Mastrogiacomo | James O'Brien | Jamal Seiler  | Noah Shoumack | Toby Sutherland |  

Swimming

Scott Callander | Danah Gobbett | Alex Hurley​ | Adrian Langford | Alicia MartinoTryphena Nicolai |  Zara Taylor Charles Wilkins

Tennis

Peter Kerin​ | Andriana Petrakis

Team Western Australia

Athletics

Breanna Cahill | Christie Erenshaw | Waiata JohnstonEvan Lowin-BockLogan Lowin-Bock | Shayne Skerry | Bradley Turner | Kayelene Watts

Basketball

Jacob Anfuso | Emilie Davies | Anna Gray | Michael Nakhla | Laura O'Malley | Jake Parrotte | Leroy SassineChristopher Willers | Garreth Yat | Ricky Chttleborough | Sam Rector 

Bocce

Michelle Bennett | Sara Cann 

Bowling

Scott Bell | Gregory Black | Joshua ElliottGeoffrey Holloway | Cory James JohnsonRichard Spinks | Elliott ThomasBenjamin Ward 

Equestrian

Michelle Aiken | Eloise Bolam | Belinda Edwards | Jordan HillJaye Barnesby-Buie | Sophie Rachel Wilkinson

Football

Patrick Amalo | Micheal ArmstrongTarkin Barker | Christopher Cairns | Emily Casella | Alex FerroneGeorge Harwood | Calum Hills | Joshua James Christopher Johnstone | Brendon Jones | Lynette Minns-KinradeChristopher MinutilloIsaac Ponga | Darren Reilly | Caden Sharp

Golf

Marc Barnesby-Buie | Nicholas Carrol

Swimming

Felix Cairns | Rachel Duggin Peter Furnell |  Corin Gowland | Colin Jackson | Kim-Heula Smith | Garrick Snell | Blake Veaney

Open water

Dylan Coop

Team Victoria

Athletics

Gemma Berry | Samantha Bradfield  | Zachary Holmes | Brandyn LarkinsJustin McLaren | Madison McPherson | Adrian Salvatore | Emily Shiell | Peter Thomas | Joanne Bartlett | Laura Butler | Matthew Hauth | Stephen Vivian

Basketball

Kevin Aitken | Michael BainesSkye Cameron | Tristan Crome | Jake De La Motte | Aaron Fisher | Andrew FranceWilliam Hallam | Sharon Hollermead | David Holowko | Bradley HutchingsJayden Pascoe-Fenton | Sam Randall  | Steven Robinson Nicola Silk | Michael Snyders | Nathaneal Tonizzo | Marcel VermulstLuke Andrew | Daniel Bell | Jasmine Cox | Patrick Elander | James Giles Kang Melvin Lee | Jessica McCulloch | Skye Nielsen-Vold | John Soles | Luke Thomas | Taila Upton | Emily Whateley | Matthew Whateley

Bocce

Aaron Baines | Thomas Blake | Corey Davis | Nicole Hampton Christopher Hansen Helen Main |  Andrew Robbins | Melissa Theochari | Paul White | Jeremy Hill | Marissa Turner

Bowling

Lauren AdesEleanor Boylen | Sally Brockley-Moon | Alan Burnett | Karine Chauvin-WhiteJacqui Fraser | Linda Harman  Paul Harrington Callum Healey | Shae Leonard | Jodie Norris | Gail Reece | Thomas Renshaw | Andrew Rice | Jared Rogers | Michael Ross | Tyler Smart | |Brant Stremski | Iain Theobald | Rachel Thorpe | Andrew Varga Clinton Wells | Patricia WilliamsJayden Wright | Jessica Yeo 

Equestrian

Marcel BraunMaddison CookeErin Gumbleton David Rak

Gymnastics

Patrick ForssmanGrace Funston | Miles GreenLauren Menzies | Tamika Simpson Christopher Sizer

Swimming

Natalie BirchMegan Botha | Bryce Brown | Sarah Chaplin | Georgia Cooper | Bradley DoolanZachary Flint | Madeline Fox | Paul Kaiser | Meghan Kyne | Anna LeightonTrent Loveridge | Ryan McGrane | Benjamin Morrison | Nathan Pearce | Casey Petrie | Primrose RitchieChristine Smith | Emily Spofforth | Ashley Stone | Noah Tonizzo | Steven White | Mitchell Zerafa | Timothy Bassili | Amelia DeanHarriet Poole

Tennis

Andrew Bascetta | Lewis Beeby | William Caldwell | Carla Lenarduzzi | Tyler McPherson | Andrew Negrelli | Luke Percy | Luke Trethowan

Team Queensland

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Athletics

Brady Rose | Caitlin Gee | Ethan Scott | Geoffrey Roennfeldt | Jasmine Williams | Kai Armstrong | Lorelle NashMatthew Pascoe | Miles FisherRani Hancock | Shaun McKee | Tom Merryweather | Trent Porter | Vivian Ritchie | Zachary Francis

Basketball

Alex Dal'Bo | Andrew Dunlop | Anuj Chandra | Benjamin Steinhardt | Bridgette Dingsdag | Bruce Gossner | Caitlin Duke-Stokes | Carla Robb | Catherine Stewart | Christine Wheeler | Corey Burke | Daniel Thompson | Daniel Wright | Grace Hegarty | Guillermo Rodriguez | Hayden Thompson | Jackson Ross | Jacob Hohl | Jacob Miles | James Hook | Jaya Tindel | Jaycob Williams | Jet Townend | Joselyn Evans | Kie Wilson-McNaught | Kyle Henderson | Matthew Burge | Megan Russell | Mitchell Runcie | Mitchell Seeto | Nicole Brown | Nicole Corowa | Nimesh Hewavisenthi | Paul Ruddell | Paula Gavin | Rachel Smith | Robert Deguara | Shane Patrick Cooks-Reynolds | Sky Waterson

Bocce

Andrea Meehan | Benjamin Carr | Benjamin Hart Cassandra Bonomo | David Stewart | Meaghan Holland | Melissa Lee | Ryan Hight | Sarah McRae | Stephen Rooney | Stuart Gorton | Tara Heit

Bowling

Charlotte Smith | Corey Hanson | Courtney South | Craig John Mitchell | Elissa Flannery | Erin Walsh | Graham Cleland | Guy Vincent | Jaimi Dann | Jamie Grant | Jason Dixon | Kane Wojcicki | Karen Zeeman | Kaye Mc Kenna | Kenneth Penny | Kirrin Pereira | Meagan Le Lay | Merrilyn Pettingill | Michael Moran | Natalie Lakowec | Nathan Coling | Peter Thompson | Priscilla Holt | Sally McKenzie | Sebastian MarshallStephen O'May | Tegan O'KeefeThomas Howlett

Equestrian

Beau Mulvihill | Daisy Brown | Ellie Bloomfield | Megan Guilfoyle-Hurley | Nathan Harvey | Ruby Fletcher | Sarah Rukavina | Sarah Sherwood | Shelby Davis-Hill | Tamaara Straw | Tarsha Tupper | Willow Hersant

Football

Adam Davison | Adam Knust | Alexander McGrow | Beau Westlake | Brenton Morris | Cameron Brazier | Christopher Lyons | Christopher Rane | George Button | Hayden Weir | Jack Norris | James Duncan | Jay Nardi | Kingslee Smith | Liam Amos | Liam Glavas | Matt Downham | Matthew Streeting | Trent Warner | Troy Palmer | Tyler Roberts | Zachary Gallaway

Golf

Amanda Patterson | Brendan Borger | Cameron Donald | Chad Johnson | Christian Hauser | Craig Read | Dean McMahonDylan Price | John Griffiths | Kane Leonard | Matthew Brown | Matthew Curley | Troy Campbell

Gymnastics

Andrea Dundas | Dominic Edwards | Elizabeth Hocart | Ella Bowles | Georgia Nugent | Jasmin Cox | Jasmine Hunt | Jolene Rock | Jordan Harch | Lauren Chester | Martin Smith | Sinead Angelica Skorka Brennan | Sophia Redgen

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Anthony Boyd | Belinda Hill | Chelseann Osborne | Damien Hallam | Jacob Williams | Shain Reeve

Swimming

Ainslie Carter | Alieshia SneesbyAngalique Dempster-Woodhouse | Ariana Carter | Arianna Favarato | Belinda Willett Bree Johnson | Bryce Monaghan | Catrin Culla | Chelsea Stebbing | Chloe Baldwin | Colin Marks | Crystal Donnelly | Danielle Hall Elliott Appleton | Emily Taylor | Ethan Chan | Glenn Lo | Jack Dixon | Jackson Hughes | Jayde Hillier | Jeremy Gawne | Jonathan Miszczak | Jordan Allen | Jordan Overs | Lachlan Mackay | Levi Harris | Louise Markey | Matthew DevlinMatthew WalkerMiriam Little | Mya-Jayne Lehmann | Nicholas O'Regan | Nicole Bartley | Patrick O'Brien | Ronan Heath-Bourke Ruby Lawler | Russell Booysen | Samuel Sturton | Shai Mayberry | Tahlia Pitt | Tessa Howie | Tiffany Smith | Timothy Gould | William Coventry | Zachary Kimber

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Bowling

Joseph Maloney | Lucy Myatt | Rebecca Parker | Stephen James

Football

Aidan Vergano | Liam O'Donnell

Golf

Darren Tait | Gabrielle Dear | Jacob Jones | Samuel Fogarty

Sailing

Allister Peek | Bronwyn Ponder | Catharine Keir

Swimming

Ashley Van Rijswijk | Benjamin Stokes | Darcy Wilson | Eliza Harrison | Jack Feldtmann | Johana Pino | Peter Thorn | Siona van de Meene

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Dean Argaet | Michelle Stirzaker | Patrick Heath Jeffery | Samuel McCrossin

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Aaron Martin | Alexander Davis | Amanda Stevens | Angela Fowler | Brooke McGrath | Carley Chapman | Chloe Powick | Crystal Ferris | Dylan Shearer | Emma Nelson | Fraser King | Holly Levers | Jack Connor | Jason Nelson | Jessica Ridley | Jessica Van der Neut |  Ji-Hwan Butler | Kurtis Becker | Lleyton Lloyd | Nathan Doggett | Nicole Robinson |  Paul Avery | Sara Kely | Scott Duncan | Stephen Davies

Basketball

Alexander Barnes | Andrew Li | Beau Lawson | Brett Rasmussen | Craig Hropic-Mitchell | Cameron Skinner | Claudia Jackson | Connor Bill Ngawhika-Whittaker | Dane Pritchard | Daniel Harrowell | Dean Pallier | Declan Cursio | Eliza Mills | Fred Pollock | Hannah Sandeman | Harrison Betts | Houssan Asmar | Ivan Shvedov | James Summerhayes | Jessica Anne Duncan | Jessica Disalvo | Jonathan Reiss | Joshua Tekema-CuttsJuliet Liddy | Justin Hill | Kane Spirit-Jones | Koby BanksLachlan Harley | Lachlan Parker | Laurie Masterson | Luke Huska | Madison Howard-Windley | Mark Jensen | Matthew Brown | Michael Karseboom | Michael Sporbert | Michael Wren | Mitchell Duncan | Nebojsa Stanojlovic | Nicholas Gibbs | Reanna Hardy | Ryota Schettino | Sam Milton | Scott Seidl | Sean Mckay | Shaun Iacovelli | Siena Boland | Simon Parkes | Tahlia Henson | Taylor Kearney | Thomas Ragen-Nath | Timothy Andrews | Toby Galper | Tom ElenorZac Henderson

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Bowling

Aaron Fox | Amy-Louise Foot | Annette Mason | Ashley Emerson | Ashley Reece | Brad Perrin | Brian Brown | Carl O'Farrell | Chelsea Kelly | Christopher Cook | Clancey Riley | Conner Butt | Darren Wallis | Deborah McMahon | Duncan Bond | Gavin Andersen | Gerrelle King | Graeme Donnelly | Grant Francis | Grant Percival | Haley Brown | Harrison WernerHayley Badenoch | Jason Holley | Jennifer-Ann Davis | Joshua Munson | Joshua Southgate Kleo Charnas | Kylie Barefoot | Lauren Carroll | Lorraine Archer | Madison Sims | Mary Marks | Melissa Carter | Michael Glenday | Nicole Brown | Peter Burke | Raymond Enks | Renee Lewin | Sarah Williams | Shane Monks | Stacey Smith | Tammie Dengate-Tasker | Tiffany Churchill | Trent Sneddon | Vicki Bailey | Victoria Thompson | West McKinnon

Equestrian

Emma Dowdy-Pitt | Helen Richardson | Jasmine Chamberlain | Nicole Kennedy | Sandy-Lee Caruana | Sui Watts

Football

Aaron Bartlett | Bradley Rowe | Bradley Southwell | Brett Sneddon | Cameron Fyfe | Craig Muhlbock | David Evans | David Gibbs | Elisha Southee | James Gibbs | Jason Blackadder | Jeremy Insley | Liam Mackie | Matthew Schofield | Maxwell Wayte | Michael Dooley | Philip Nicolson | Raquel White | Raymond Blackadder

Golf

Alexander Hayes | Anthony Jackson | Cameron Pollard | Cara Reeves | David Currie | Gabrielle Clark | Jason Russo | Jordan Davis | Joshua Ives | Kris Brown | Matthew Wheeler | Nick Lorenz | Ryan O'Connor | Saxon Graham | Steven Robson | William Brunsdon

Gymnastics

Ashley Kuhle | Chelsea Palmer | Christopher Bunton | Ellen Maher | Imogen Campbell | Nicholas Zrnic | Raymond Xing | Rhianna Sinclair | Samantha Wylie | Shane- Anne Child

Sailing

Alyse Saxby | Bradley Alderton | Dylan Saunders Melissa Nelson

Swimming

Aaron Lowman | Akanksha Swarup | Alexander Shepherd | Alexandra Fincher | Angus Whyte | Belinda Prince | Carlee Stackman | Chantelle Attard | Charles McFarlane | Christopher Hall | Claire Pearson | Corey Atkinson | Daniel Cannon | Danielle Slade | Gabriella Howells | Geoffrey Kirby | Gregory Blanch | Gregory Yeo | Heidi Jay | James Lawrence | James Messenger | Jason Howard | Jason Steele | Jessica Cann | Jordan Brown | Joseph Smith | Kayla Van Zeeland | Kiara-May Gaul | Kimberley Tomkins | Lauren Heggie Lauren McCoy | Lisa Vineburg | Logan Heald | Madison Cooper | Megan Nay | Melissa Jarvis | Michael Eadie | Michael Stanton | Mitchell Hoppe | Patrick May | Peter Webb | Porscha Jimmieson | Sara Brazier | Sarah Clarke | Teila Bulmer | Troy Puttergill | William Walton

Open Water: Aaron Cannon | Keiran Corry | Sandy Freeman

Tennis

Annalise Fadeev | David Burke | Gareth Donohue | Jemima Heberden | Jodie Greenwood | Kelly Wren | Lisa McKerlie | Marty Campbell | Michelle Gibbens | Nathaniel Quan | Peter Secomb | Shannon Walford | Shawn Walford | Stephanie Walker | Susana Mandinic | Timothy Walsh

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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Aniela Ali | Cameron Bland | Jarrod Blundell | Jack Claridge | Taylah Daly | Isaac Della-Torre | Daniel Eichner | Kane Ertas | Shem Forrest | Nicholas FulwoodLachlan Griffiths | Aiden Grigg | Austin Grigg | Haley Harradine-RankineWil Henry | Samuel LuggCameron McLeod | William James McIver | Kyle O'Shea-BorgMorgan Paynter | Noah Shoumack | Joseph WatsonBrodie Williss | Tyler Williss | Jamin Wilson-Eglinton

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Jacob Blakeley | Laura Butler | Alana Cassar | Hayden Grant | Tiana Larkins | Jedd Manton | Tyler McPherson | Brianna Neill | Oscar Payne | Shanaya Perera | Poppe-Simone Sakr | Emily Spofforth | Molly Thatcher | Noah Tonizzo | Taila Upton

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Jack Abraham | Kaiza Andersons | Nicholas Beach- Graham | Kaiden Birt | Lachlan Bond | Daniel Booth | Peta Brember | Lauren Bufalino | Ainslie Carter | Iteeca Cleland | Angalique Dempster-Woodhouse | Caitlin Duke-Stokes | Charley Escher | Arianna Favarato  | Caitlin Gee | Rylee Grier-Stralow | Scott Hannaford | Levi Harris | Harley-Rose Heinemann | Jayde Hillier | Jackson Hughes | Jasmine Hunt | Ashlyn James | Cody Kendall | Mya-Jayne Lehmann | Izaya Lyon | Jacob Miles | Lucy Morero | Amy Mullin | Cory Nugent | Georgia Nugent | Patrick O'Brien | Noah Pehi |  Alexis Pinel | Nicholas Preston | Samuel Preston | Sai Aman Ramadani | Samuel Sturton | Lachlan Weinrauch

Team New South Wales

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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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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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Volunteer Recruitment

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 Artist

The 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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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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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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St Paul’s College, Adelaide

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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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South Australia leads the charge in Special Olympics Australia National Games 2018 Team Announcements

12 September 2017 | Last week saw the first of the State teams to be announced for the Special Olympics Australia National Games 2018.

Ninety South Australian athletes were selected to represent their home state across 11 sports and 1 demonstration sport, in the 11th National Games which will be held in from 16-20 April 2018 in Adelaide. 

For local South Australian athletes Josh Morpeth and Paul Leikas, the occasion was extra special as they were presented with their offer letters by cycling legend Stuart O'Grady and Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans.

The South Australian athletes will join more than 1,000 competitors from across the country to take part in the National Games, with teams from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania to also be announced shortly. 

All competing athletes will be vying for their spot to on the Australian team that will head to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2019.

You can support an athlete to get to the Games. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

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.

Scott Pettman

Scott has spent 30 years in the Finance and Insurance industry, running a successful Insurance Agency business. He has been involved in a volunteer capacity in charity and non- for profit work for over 15 years, both locally and overseas. This has included travelling to Kenya on a number of occasions with his family to assist in community development projects. Scott enjoys contributing to a variety of volunteer organisations and is also the Venue and Infrastructure Manager for the upcoming Special Olympics Australia National Games 2018.

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 also 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 Registration

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

Track & Field
Venue: South Australia Athletics Stadium
Address: Marjorie Jackson-Nelson Drive, Mile End, 5031
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Half Marathon (Venue TBC)
Venue: Start and Finish at Adelaide Sailing Club. Route will take place along the beach esplanade. Turnaround point is Kingston Park Cafe.
Address: Start & Finish - 9 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024 | Turnaround - 4A Burnham Road, Kingston Park, 5049.
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Basketball

Venue: The Arc Campbelltown
Address: 531 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown, 5074
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Bocce

Venue: Fogolar Furlan
Address: 69 Briar Road, Felixstow, 5070
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Equestrian

Venue: Mallala Equestrian Centre (Venue TBC)
Address: 2665 Redbanks Road, Mallala, 5502
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Football

Venue: Adelaide Shores Reserve, Barratt East Fields
Address: Cnr Military Road and West Beach Road, 5024
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Golf

Venue: Westward Ho Golf Club, Adelaide Shores Golf Park
Address: Military Road, West Beach, 5024
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Gymnastics

Venue: Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre
Address: Cnr Oaklands Road and Rosedale Avenue, Morphettville, 5043
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Sailing

Venue: The Adelaide Sailing Club
Address: 9 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024
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Swimming

Short Course
Venue: Adelaide Aquatic & Leisure Centre
Address: 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park, 5046
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Open Water (Venue TBC)
Venue: West Lakes Reserve
Address: 254 Trimmer Parade, West Lakes, 5021

Tenpin Bowling

Venue: AMF Bowling and Laser Tag Woodville
Address: 819 Port Road, Woodville, 5011
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Tennis

Venue: West Beach Tennis Club (Venue TBC)
Address: 3 Military Road, West Beach, 5024
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Demonstration Sport

Table Tennis

Venue: The Arc Campbelltown
Address: 531 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown, 5074
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Ceremonies

Opening Ceremony

Date: 16 April 2018
Venue: Titanium Security Arena
Address: 44A Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023
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Closing Ceremony

Date: 20 April 2018
Venue: Titanium Security Arena
Address: 44A Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023
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Other Programs

Healthy Athletes Program

Venue: Adelaide Surf Lifesaving Club
Address: 2 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024
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Families & Supporters Hub

Venue: Glenelg Lacrosse Club
Address: 3 Military Road, West Beach, 5024
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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.

Ceremonies

Opening Ceremony

Date: 16 April 2018
Venue: Titanium Security Arena
Address: 44A Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023
Visit the venue website

Closing Ceremony

Date: 20 April 2018
Venue: Titanium Security Arena
Address: 44A Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023
Visit the venue website

Other Programs

Healthy Athletes Program

Venue: Adelaide Surf Lifesaving Club
Address: 2 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024
Visit the venue website

Families & Supporters Hub

Venue: Glenelg Lacrosse Club
Address: 3 Military Road, West Beach, 5024
Visit the venue website

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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Congratulations Jack Hombsch!

25 September 2017

We would like to extend a big congratulations to Port Adelaide AFL defender Jack Hombsch on being awarded the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award at last night's Brownlow Medal ceremony.  

Jack has worked tirelessly both on and off the field to drive awareness about intellectual disabilities and we're extremely lucky to have such a driven champion on the board of the 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games. Cheers to your achievements, Jack!

Miles Fisher, Moreton North, QLD

Miles has been training and competing in football and athletics with Special Olympics Australia for over eight years. He has been to a National Games, Trans Tasman Tournament and Asia Pacific Games and in that time has developed a passion for health and fitness. So he hit the books to gain the necessary qualifications to become a personal trainer and fitness advisor and now he is working in the field focussing on fitness for people with disability. Miles is described as compassionate, helpful and enthusiastic. Outside of Special Olympics he has a blue belt in both Brazilian Ju Jitsu and Wing Chun Kung Fu. In September 2016, Miles lead a group of community supporters in an inaugural fundraising event called Miles4Miles to raise money for local athletes selected for the Trans Tasman Tournament. Miles will compete in athletics at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide.

2017 EKS Award Nominees

Martin Bankier, Melbourne Southern, VIC
Martin has been playing basketball with Special Olympics Australia for over 20 years and competed at 21 State Games in his favourite sport. Martin acts as a mentor to other athletes both on and off the field, and is always very polite and cooperative with his coaches and team managers, which sets a great example for his fellow athletes.

 

Will Brunsdon, North West New England, NSW
Will has been participating with Special Olympics for 11 years, playing a variety of sports and is a serious spectator of most! He has competed at club, state and national level, enabling him to develop great confidence and grow into a role model who is passionate about helping others. In swimming alone you will often find him helping others to improve their stroke and achieve their goals. Will is an Athlete Leader and engages with schools, clubs and community groups in public speaking roles, promoting Special Olympics. Will is dedicated to training and fitness, and shows great positivity and sportsmanship. Will will compete in golf at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide and will be part of the Queen's Baton relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Carley Chapman, Central Coast, NSW
Carley has actively been involved in Special Olympics since 2005, where she has participated in a variety of sports including swimming, athletics, bocce, golf and netball. She has competed at three National Games, and in 2015 was part of the athletics team at the World Games in Los Angeles, winning a gold in the 100m and bronze in 4x100m relay. Carley is an Athlete Leader and has used her learnt skills at various venues including giving talks at schools and other community groups. Carley is a committed member of her local club and in 2007 won the Gosford Council's Australia Day Award for Sport as well as the Gosford Council's Australia Day Award for Person with Disabilty in 2011. Carley will compete in athletics at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide.

Keiran Corry, Hunter Valley, NSW
Keiran has been swimming with Special Olympics since 2004. He has competed at all levels including 4 National Games and World Games in 2011 and 2015, where he won gold in the open water event. Out of the pool, Keiran has taken on the role of ambassador, including being a mentor for the NSW team at the 2017 Junior National Games. He is always keen to help out the Hunter Valley club in their fundraising activities and acts as a role model to many of the younger athletes. Keiran will represent NSW at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide.

Sam Fogarty, Greater Canberra, ACT
Sam has shown a long-standing commitment to Special Olympics, demonstrating outstanding leadership in this time. He participates in golf and cricket, including representing Australia at the 2016 Macau Gold Masters Tournament. In 2014, Sam was the athlete ambassador for the ACT team and has been actively involved as an Athlete Leader, representing Special Olympics at many fundraising lunches and dinners. Sam will represent ACT in golf at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide.

Hayden Grant, Ballarat, VIC
Hayden has been involved in Special Olympics since 2014, competing in swimming at many regional and state games, as well as the 2017 Junior National Games. In his four years, he has worked hard to improve his swimming and master all four strokes. Hayden is an ambassador for his Ballarat club and actively gets involved in many events, including speaking at functions and community events. In 2017, Hayden participated in the WESTVIC sports encouragement program alongside athletes without a disability.

Stuart Sutton, Melbourne Inner East, VIC
Stuart, who has been involved with Special Olympics for over ten years, is a keen bowler and basketballer who always gives his best in sport and as an ambassador for Special Olympics Australia. Stuart is a great role model to his fellow athletes and assists his club whenever possible, including as coach, mentor and public speaker. In 2014, he was the athlete representative on the Board of the Special Olympics Australia National Games and proved to be an enthusiastic contributor to the role.

Kie Wilson-McNaught, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Kie has been a member of Special Olympics since 2002, participating in athletics, swimming and basketball. Kie has competed in numerous state games, three National Games and the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles, competing athletics. Kie has shown outstanding leadership through the basketball program, getting others involved and demonstrating his coaching expertise. Kie volunteers his time as coach and mentor, including at the Junior National Games on the Gold Coast in 2017, as well as outside Special Olympics in schools and his local community. Kie has been recognised in his local community through numerous awards and achievements, including the Sport Achievement Award by the Federal Member for Fairfax in 2015 and the Derek Richards Memorial Trophy Encouragement Award in 2012. Kie will represent Queensland in basketball at the 2018 National Games.

Support our 2018 National Games athletes:

Basketball: Corey BurkeJoselyn EvansMitchell RuncieSky Waterson | Christine WheelerJaycob WilliamsKie Wilson-McNaught

Bocce: Ryan Hight | Meaghan Holland

Bowling: Elissa Flannery | Sara McKenzie | Craig MitchellMichael Moran | Courtney South | Karen Zeeman

Football: Brenton Morris

Golf: Dean McMahon | Amanda Patterson

Sailing: Anthony Boyd | Damien Hallam | Shain Reeve

Swimming: Chloe BaldwinAinslie Carter | Ariana CarterJackson HughesBree Johnson | Jordan Overs | Tessa Howie

Tennis: Kathryn Wilson

Technical Delegates

Sports Manager - Moira Ryde

Moira started with Special Olympics as a swimming coach for her local club and from that gained as much knowledge about intellectual disability as she could. She also attended many coaching clinics and gained coaching qualifications. Moira has been part of team management for World Games and Asia Pacific Games. She has held many positions within Special Olympics - from National board member and National sports committee to local chair on the Special Olympics Victoria board including being treasurer. She has also been a member of the Special Olympics International rules committee for 6 years. Moira was awarded the Special Olympics Australia Hall of Fame award in 2014.

Athletics - Alicia Lands

Alicia and her sister started their local Special Olympics athletics training program in 2001. They have been coaching the local group of athletes together ever since. She became involved in team trips with Special Olympics in 2010 for the National Games in Adelaide with Team Victoria, then attending the 2011 World Games, 2012 Junior National Games and 2015 World Games. Alicia's first role as Athletics Technical Delegate was in 2014 for the National Games held in Melbourne. She said it was fantastic to organise an event that so many athletes, coaches and volunteers got to enjoy. Utilising her past experience as being part of the team environment has been invaluable to her role as Technical Delegate. 

Alicia's other Special Olympics roles are as Melbourne Inner East club athletics coach and athletics coordinator, Membership Officer and Victorian State Athletics Coordinator. Outside of Special Olympics she is a secretary and life member of Diamond Creek Calisthenics Club and was a competitor for 25 years.

Basketball - Suzy Chainey

Suzy has played basketball since she was 10, playing club representative basketball through her junior years and continuing to play at a state league level until starting a family. She started coaching basketball in 2001 when her local Special Olympics club wanted to start a basketball program and needed a coach. Suzy has travelled to the Special Olympics World Games as an assistant basketball coach and as part of Team Management. This will be her 3rd National Games in the role of basketball Technical Delegate and 5th in total.

Bocce - Ian Hampton

For past 10 years Ian has assisted or run the annual Special Olympics Victoria State Games Bocce tournament. He was the assistant Technical Delegate for the Bocce at the 2014 National Games in Melbourne. Ian assists with the regular coaching of the Melbourne Eastern Ranges Bocce athletes.

Bowling - Justin Lopes

Justin has been involved in Special Olympics for five years and has attended the 2014 National Games, as well as Junior National Games and Trans Tasman Tournment in this time. Justin has had previous roles as Victorian State Manager for Tenpin Bowling Australia and Team Manager for Victorian State and youth teams. He is a qualified level 1 coach and is a participant in a weekly bowling league.

Equestrian - Jill Shelton

Growing up as a child in country Victoria, Jill has been a horse rider all her life. She has always been driven to enable children with disabilities to enjoy some of the fun that she was lucky enough to enjoy, growing up. Jill has been an RDA coach since 1987 and volunteers twice a week working with children and adults with a variety of disabilities. She is on the coaching and safety committee in RDASA , and is involved in running competitions and training activities. Jill is a classifier for Para Equestrian competition and works as a physiotherapist with children with disabilities.

Football - Eddie Meechan

Eddie is a veteran of Special Olympics Australia football competition, having been involved for 18 years and attended four previous National Games. He was the Head Coach of the football team at the 2003 and 2011 World Games, as well as NSW coach as various National Games, including the 2010 Games in Adelaide. He has been the state football coordinator for NSW from 2001-2005 and 2010 to present.

Golf - Rex Langthorne AM

Rex has played and coached several sports at varying levels but golf has been his major focus since 1979 when he joined the Long Reef Club in Sydney. His achievements with Special Olympics include introducing golf into the program in Australia as wellas being involved in coaching athletes and managing events in NSW plus organising charity golf days to raise funds for the organisation. During his tenure with Special Olympics Rex has held positions from Regional or Club Chair, SOA Board Chair to being a member of the SOI Board. His greatest satisfaction is seeing athletes that he has coached become members of his golf club, play in regular club competitions, be fully accepted by members and win club events. 

Gymnastics - Natalie Johnston

Natalie started out as a Gymnast at the age of 6 and continued competing in the sport until she was 18 years of age, reaching National Level 9 and representing NSW at the Australian National Titles on many occasions. She has coached all level of gymnasts, from Kindergym to Elite but always ensured there were some Special Olympics Gymnasts in her weekly coaching program. Natalie has worked for Gymnastics NSW as the Sports Program Manager for 8 years, managing Womens’, Mens’, Rhythmic, Trampolining, Sports Aerobics and Sports Acrobatics. She has travelled on Special Olympics teams interstate and overseas to State, National, Trans Tasman and World Games. She is currently on the Special Olympics International Sports Rules Committee for Gymnastics and has loved having the opportunities to meet all of the wonderful athletes and volunteers that have been a part of every level of all these events around the country and the world.

Sailing - Deirdre Schahinger

Deirdre learnt to sail with her father in a wooden 14ft dinghy, progressing to family holidays in a 24ft trailer-sailer off the south coast of England. Later on she raced with her husband in 18ft catamarans at Adelaide Sailing Club at club, state and national level. Deirdre is the coordinator of Sailability Holdfast Bay, an international program that supports people of all ages with a disability to take up sailing. Many Special Olympics athletes have learnt to sail with a Sailability program and learnt to race at Hansa Championships. She has volunteered with Adelaide Sailing Club to host several national championships of all sailboat classes including Hansa, Blind Match racing and was TD of Sailing  at the 2010 National Games.

Swimming - Liz Ewen

As a swimmer and water polo player, Liz was always interested in water sports. After many years of teaching swimming, she went on to do her Level 2 Accreditation in 1994. In the same year she was approached by Special Olympics Brisbane North Region to coach their squads on a temporary basis. 23 years later she is still involved with Special Olympics Brisbane Club and has been part of many Queensland and Australian Swimming Teams since. As a head coach on these teams Liz has had the honour of seeing my swimmers achieve personal best times and medals of all colours. As the Special Olympics Queensland Swimming Coordinator she has implemented the Unified Swim School, now at 3 locations, in an effort to combine Special Olympics and mainstream club swimmers.

Tennis - Greg Gibson

Greg has been involved in Special Olympics Australia for 24 years, attending six National Games in that time. He has been the World Games head coach on three occasions and assistant Technical Delegate at the 2007 and 2007 Games. Greg has been the Tecnical Delegate for tennis at the 2002 and 2014 National Games, as well as head coach for NSW four times. In 1993 he introduced tennis to his local Special Olympics club and has been the NSW Tennis coordinator since 1995. Outside of Special Olympics Greg is the President of the Marrickville District Lawn Tennis Club.

Competition Sports

Competitors at the 2018 National Games will compete across 11 official Special Olympics Australia sports. Click on a sport to find more information.

Exhibition Sports

Venues

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Venue

 

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Schedule

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Healthy Athletes Program

Venue

Surf Lifesaving Club, 2 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024

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Schedule

TBC

Photos

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Families & Supporters Hub

Venue

Glenelg Lacrosse Club, Military Road, West Beach, 5024

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Schedule

Open everyday from 9am to 5pm

Functions: (Open to all families and supporters):
Wednesday 18th April: Cheese & Wine Evening – 5pm to 8pm
Thursday 19th April: Social Evening – 5pm to 8pm

Please note schedule may change

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Soft drinks, water and snacks can be purchased here throughout the day but no alcohol will be sold from this premises

Closing Ceremony

Date

Friday 20 April 2018

Venue

Titanium Security Arena

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Time

04:00pm to 06:00pm

Photos

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Important Information

Due to limited seating, tickets will be available for purchase from November.

Opening Ceremony

Date

Monday 16 April 2018

Venue

Titanium Security Arena

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Time

04:00pm to 06:00pm

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Important Information

Due to limited seating, Tickets will be available for purchase from November.

Athletes Village

Venue

Adelaide Shores Caravan Park and Resort

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Important Information

This is a closed venue for accredited athletes, coaches, carers and support staff. No public will be able to gain access to the Athletes Village.

Bowling

Venue

AMF Bowling & Laser Tag, 819 Port Rd, Woodville

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

Individuals, Doubles, Teams

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Table Tennis

Venue

TBC

Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

TBC

Rules

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Tennis

Venue

West Lake Tennis Club, 21 Edwin Street, West Lakes

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

Singles, Doubles

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Swimming

Venue

SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 400m Freestyle , 800m Freestyle, 4x 50m Medley Relay, 4x 100m Medley Relay,  4x100m Freestyle Relay, 400m Individual Medley, 4x50m Freestyle

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Open Water Swimming

Venue

Rowing SA, 100 Military Road, West Lakes

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

1500m

Rules

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Sailing

Venue

Adelaide Sailing Club, 9 Barcoo Road, West Beach

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

Level I, Level II, Level IV, Level V

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Important Information

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Gymnastics

Venue

Marion Leisure & Fitness, Oaklands Road, Morphettville

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

Artistic Gymnastics

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Golf

Venue

Adelaide Shores Golf Course, Military Road, West Beach

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

18 Hole Format, 9 Hole Format

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Football

Venue

Adelaide Shores Barratt Reserve East, West Beach Road, West Beach

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

7-a-side, 5-a-side

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

TBC

Important Information

The 5-a-side format will be run according to the rules of Futsal but played in an outdoor arena

Equestrian

Venue

Mallala Equestrian Centre, 2665 Redbanks Road, Mallala

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

English Equitation, Dressage, Working Trails, Prix Caprilli, Gymkhana

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Bocce

Venue

Fogolar Furlan, 69 Briar Road, Felixstow

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Schedule

TBC

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

TBC

Important Information

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Basketball

Venue

The Arc Campbelltown, 531 Lower N E Road, Campbelltown

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Schedule

TBC

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Athletics - Track & Field

Venue

SA Athletics Stadium, Marjorie Jackson Nelson Drive, Mile End

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Schedule

TBC

Events Offered

100m Walk, 100m Run, 1500m Run, 200m Run, 400m Walk, 400m Run, 4x 100m Relay, 5000m Run, 50m Run, 800m Run, 800m Walk, Standing Long Jump, Long Jump, Turbo Javelin, Softball Throw, Shot Put, 3000m run,10 000m run, 4x400m relay

Rules

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Photos

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Previous Winners & National Records

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Athletics - Half Marathon

Venue

Adelaide Sailing Club along Esplanade

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Schedule & Route

Start & Finish: Adelaide Sailing Club
Turnaround: Brighton Caravan Park

Water points

Every 3km

Previous Winners & National Records

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The journey begins!

7 September 2017

The journey to Adelaide has begun for hundreds of athletes with an intellectual disability around Australia as they receive the exciting news they have been selected to represent their state at the 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games.

For local South Australian athletes Josh Morpeth and Paul Leikas, the occasion was extra special as they were presented with their offer letters by cycling legend Stuart O'Grady and Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans.

Find out moreView the article from The Advertiser

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Swimming

 

Tennis

 

Team Tasmania

Basketball

Allan Bakes | Ashlee Stanwix | Daniel Joesph Thomson | Gabrielle Turley | Kirsten Harvey | Mitchell Leonard Huxley | Nicholas Heames | Nicholas James Carter | Ruby Tatnell 

Bocce

Barry Cross Daniel Leon Marshall | Graeme Cross | Johnathon Goss | Kenneth Cotton | Penny Dishington

Bowling

Alan Kilmartin | Craig Hansen | Harley Miller | Michelle Heald | Nicole Michelle Furfaro | Peta-Jo Skurrie |

Swimming

Aran Miller | Craig Davey | Leif Barstad | Philip De Jong

Tennis

Connor Sheppard | Jordan Anthony Edwards

Team South Australia

Athletics

Amechai Bawden | Sheridan Durston | Scott Hart | Paul Leikas | Paula Morrissy | Roy Stewart | Holly Taylor | William Turner

Basketball

Nathan Balkwill | Tahlia Batt | Anton Cobb | Shane Colmer | Kane Ertas | Adriana Garcia | Keenan Georg-Dent | Zachary Georg-Dent | Amy Howard | Ben JarrettBradley Kinross | Wayne Kinross | Harrison MallardCameron McLeod |  Nicholas O'Brien​ | Lauren Packham​ | Benjamin Paior-Smith | Morgan PaynterNadia Procter ​| Krystel Skye Pugsley | Nicholas SchulzKurt Scott | Jim Taylor | Sarah ThurmanCraig WarcupJamin Wilson-Eglinton | Mia Woods | Lachlan Woollett

Bowling

Donna Alexander | Loughlin Beavis | Rachel FenwickDale Giumelli | Nicole Hill | Kellie Martlew | Kathleen McGrath | Joshua Morpeth | Timothy Ryan

Equestrian

Kayla Houltham | Janet NourseAndrew Tanner | Catherine Viney

Football

Rhys Baker | Lachlan Griffths | Will Henry | Damian Jenkins | Robbie Mastrogiacomo | James O'Brien | Jamal Seiler  | Noah Shoumack | Toby Sutherland |  

Swimming

Scott Callander | Danah Gobbett | Alex Hurley​ | Adrian Langford | Alicia MartinoTryphena Nicolai |  Zara Taylor Charles Wilkins

Tennis

Peter Kerin​ | Andriana Petrakis

Team Western Australia

Athletics

Breanna Cahill | Christie Erenshaw | Waiata JohnstonEvan Lowin-BockLogan Lowin-Bock | Shayne Skerry | Bradley Turner | Kayelene Watts

Basketball

Jacob Anfuso | Emilie Davies | Anna Gray | Michael Nakhla | Laura O'Malley | Jake Parrotte | Leroy SassineChristopher Willers | Garreth Yat | Ricky Chttleborough | Sam Rector 

Bocce

Michelle Bennett | Sara Cann 

Bowling

Scott Bell | Gregory Black | Joshua ElliottGeoffrey Holloway | Cory James JohnsonRichard Spinks | Elliott ThomasBenjamin Ward 

Equestrian

Michelle Aiken | Eloise Bolam | Belinda Edwards | Jordan HillJaye Barnesby-Buie | Sophie Rachel Wilkinson

Football

Patrick Amalo | Micheal ArmstrongTarkin Barker | Christopher Cairns | Emily Casella | Alex FerroneGeorge Harwood | Calum Hills | Joshua James Christopher Johnstone | Brendon Jones | Lynette Minns-KinradeChristopher MinutilloIsaac Ponga | Darren Reilly | Caden Sharp

Golf

Marc Barnesby-Buie | Nicholas Carrol

Swimming

Felix Cairns | Rachel Duggin Peter Furnell |  Corin Gowland | Colin Jackson | Kim-Heula Smith | Garrick Snell | Blake Veaney

Open water

Dylan Coop

Team Victoria

Athletics

Gemma Berry | Samantha Bradfield  | Zachary Holmes | Brandyn LarkinsJustin McLaren | Madison McPherson | Adrian Salvatore | Emily Shiell | Peter Thomas | Joanne Bartlett | Laura Butler | Matthew Hauth | Stephen Vivian

Basketball

Kevin Aitken | Michael BainesSkye Cameron | Tristan Crome | Jake De La Motte | Aaron Fisher | Andrew FranceWilliam Hallam | Sharon Hollermead | David Holowko | Bradley HutchingsJayden Pascoe-Fenton | Sam Randall  | Steven Robinson Nicola Silk | Michael Snyders | Nathaneal Tonizzo | Marcel VermulstLuke Andrew | Daniel Bell | Jasmine Cox | Patrick Elander | James Giles Kang Melvin Lee | Jessica McCulloch | Skye Nielsen-Vold | John Soles | Luke Thomas | Taila Upton | Emily Whateley | Matthew Whateley

Bocce

Aaron Baines | Thomas Blake | Corey Davis | Nicole Hampton Christopher Hansen Helen Main |  Andrew Robbins | Melissa Theochari | Paul White | Jeremy Hill | Marissa Turner

Bowling

Lauren AdesEleanor Boylen | Sally Brockley-Moon | Alan Burnett | Karine Chauvin-WhiteJacqui Fraser | Linda Harman  Paul Harrington Callum Healey | Shae Leonard | Jodie Norris | Gail Reece | Thomas Renshaw | Andrew Rice | Jared Rogers | Michael Ross | Tyler Smart | |Brant Stremski | Iain Theobald | Rachel Thorpe | Andrew Varga Clinton Wells | Patricia WilliamsJayden Wright | Jessica Yeo 

Equestrian

Marcel BraunMaddison CookeErin Gumbleton David Rak

Gymnastics

Patrick ForssmanGrace Funston | Miles GreenLauren Menzies | Tamika Simpson Christopher Sizer

Swimming

Natalie BirchMegan Botha | Bryce Brown | Sarah Chaplin | Georgia Cooper | Bradley DoolanZachary Flint | Madeline Fox | Paul Kaiser | Meghan Kyne | Anna LeightonTrent Loveridge | Ryan McGrane | Benjamin Morrison | Nathan Pearce | Casey Petrie | Primrose RitchieChristine Smith | Emily Spofforth | Ashley Stone | Noah Tonizzo | Steven White | Mitchell Zerafa | Timothy Bassili | Amelia DeanHarriet Poole

Tennis

Andrew Bascetta | Lewis Beeby | William Caldwell | Carla Lenarduzzi | Tyler McPherson | Andrew Negrelli | Luke Percy | Luke Trethowan

Team Queensland

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Athletics

Brady Rose | Caitlin Gee | Ethan Scott | Geoffrey Roennfeldt | Jasmine Williams | Kai Armstrong | Lorelle NashMatthew Pascoe | Miles FisherRani Hancock | Shaun McKee | Tom Merryweather | Trent Porter | Vivian Ritchie | Zachary Francis

Basketball

Alex Dal'Bo | Andrew Dunlop | Anuj Chandra | Benjamin Steinhardt | Bridgette Dingsdag | Bruce Gossner | Caitlin Duke-Stokes | Carla Robb | Catherine Stewart | Christine Wheeler | Corey Burke | Daniel Thompson | Daniel Wright | Grace Hegarty | Guillermo Rodriguez | Hayden Thompson | Jackson Ross | Jacob Hohl | Jacob Miles | James Hook | Jaya Tindel | Jaycob Williams | Jet Townend | Joselyn Evans | Kie Wilson-McNaught | Kyle Henderson | Matthew Burge | Megan Russell | Mitchell Runcie | Mitchell Seeto | Nicole Brown | Nicole Corowa | Nimesh Hewavisenthi | Paul Ruddell | Paula Gavin | Rachel Smith | Robert Deguara | Shane Patrick Cooks-Reynolds | Sky Waterson

Bocce

Andrea Meehan | Benjamin Carr | Benjamin Hart Cassandra Bonomo | David Stewart | Meaghan Holland | Melissa Lee | Ryan Hight | Sarah McRae | Stephen Rooney | Stuart Gorton | Tara Heit

Bowling

Charlotte Smith | Corey Hanson | Courtney South | Craig John Mitchell | Elissa Flannery | Erin Walsh | Graham Cleland | Guy Vincent | Jaimi Dann | Jamie Grant | Jason Dixon | Kane Wojcicki | Karen Zeeman | Kaye Mc Kenna | Kenneth Penny | Kirrin Pereira | Meagan Le Lay | Merrilyn Pettingill | Michael Moran | Natalie Lakowec | Nathan Coling | Peter Thompson | Priscilla Holt | Sally McKenzie | Sebastian MarshallStephen O'May | Tegan O'KeefeThomas Howlett

Equestrian

Beau Mulvihill | Daisy Brown | Ellie Bloomfield | Megan Guilfoyle-Hurley | Nathan Harvey | Ruby Fletcher | Sarah Rukavina | Sarah Sherwood | Shelby Davis-Hill | Tamaara Straw | Tarsha Tupper | Willow Hersant

Football

Adam Davison | Adam Knust | Alexander McGrow | Beau Westlake | Brenton Morris | Cameron Brazier | Christopher Lyons | Christopher Rane | George Button | Hayden Weir | Jack Norris | James Duncan | Jay Nardi | Kingslee Smith | Liam Amos | Liam Glavas | Matt Downham | Matthew Streeting | Trent Warner | Troy Palmer | Tyler Roberts | Zachary Gallaway

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Bowling

Joseph Maloney | Lucy Myatt | Rebecca Parker | Stephen James

Football

Aidan Vergano | Liam O'Donnell

Golf

Darren Tait | Gabrielle Dear | Jacob Jones | Samuel Fogarty

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Allister Peek | Bronwyn Ponder | Catharine Keir

Swimming

Ashley Van Rijswijk | Benjamin Stokes | Darcy Wilson | Eliza Harrison | Jack Feldtmann | Johana Pino | Peter Thorn | Siona van de Meene

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Dean Argaet | Michelle Stirzaker | Patrick Heath Jeffery | Samuel McCrossin

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Basketball

Alexander Barnes | Andrew Li | Beau Lawson | Brett Rasmussen | Craig Hropic-Mitchell | Cameron Skinner | Claudia Jackson | Connor Bill Ngawhika-Whittaker | Dane Pritchard | Daniel Harrowell | Dean Pallier | Declan Cursio | Eliza Mills | Fred Pollock | Hannah Sandeman | Harrison Betts | Houssan Asmar | Ivan Shvedov | James Summerhayes | Jessica Anne Duncan | Jessica Disalvo | Jonathan Reiss | Joshua Tekema-CuttsJuliet Liddy | Justin Hill | Kane Spirit-Jones | Koby BanksLachlan Harley | Lachlan Parker | Laurie Masterson | Luke Huska | Madison Howard-Windley | Mark Jensen | Matthew Brown | Michael Karseboom | Michael Sporbert | Michael Wren | Mitchell Duncan | Nebojsa Stanojlovic | Nicholas Gibbs | Reanna Hardy | Ryota Schettino | Sam Milton | Scott Seidl | Sean Mckay | Shaun Iacovelli | Siena Boland | Simon Parkes | Tahlia Henson | Taylor Kearney | Thomas Ragen-Nath | Timothy Andrews | Toby Galper | Tom ElenorZac Henderson

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Emma Dowdy-Pitt | Helen Richardson | Jasmine Chamberlain | Nicole Kennedy | Sandy-Lee Caruana | Sui Watts

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Alexander Hayes | Anthony Jackson | Cameron Pollard | Cara Reeves | David Currie | Gabrielle Clark | Jason Russo | Jordan Davis | Joshua Ives | Kris Brown | Matthew Wheeler | Nick Lorenz | Ryan O'Connor | Saxon Graham | Steven Robson | William Brunsdon

Gymnastics

Ashley Kuhle | Chelsea Palmer | Christopher Bunton | Ellen Maher | Imogen Campbell | Nicholas Zrnic | Raymond Xing | Rhianna Sinclair | Samantha Wylie | Shane- Anne Child

Sailing

Alyse Saxby | Bradley Alderton | Dylan Saunders Melissa Nelson

Swimming

Aaron Lowman | Akanksha Swarup | Alexander Shepherd | Alexandra Fincher | Angus Whyte | Belinda Prince | Carlee Stackman | Chantelle Attard | Charles McFarlane | Christopher Hall | Claire Pearson | Corey Atkinson | Daniel Cannon | Danielle Slade | Gabriella Howells | Geoffrey Kirby | Gregory Blanch | Gregory Yeo | Heidi Jay | James Lawrence | James Messenger | Jason Howard | Jason Steele | Jessica Cann | Jordan Brown | Joseph Smith | Kayla Van Zeeland | Kiara-May Gaul | Kimberley Tomkins | Lauren Heggie Lauren McCoy | Lisa Vineburg | Logan Heald | Madison Cooper | Megan Nay | Melissa Jarvis | Michael Eadie | Michael Stanton | Mitchell Hoppe | Patrick May | Peter Webb | Porscha Jimmieson | Sara Brazier | Sarah Clarke | Teila Bulmer | Troy Puttergill | William Walton

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Annalise Fadeev | David Burke | Gareth Donohue | Jemima Heberden | Jodie Greenwood | Kelly Wren | Lisa McKerlie | Marty Campbell | Michelle Gibbens | Nathaniel Quan | Peter Secomb | Shannon Walford | Shawn Walford | Stephanie Walker | Susana Mandinic | Timothy Walsh

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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Jack Abraham | Kaiza Andersons | Nicholas Beach- Graham | Kaiden Birt | Lachlan Bond | Daniel Booth | Peta Brember | Lauren Bufalino | Ainslie Carter | Iteeca Cleland | Angalique Dempster-Woodhouse | Caitlin Duke-Stokes | Charley Escher | Arianna Favarato  | Caitlin Gee | Rylee Grier-Stralow | Scott Hannaford | Levi Harris | Harley-Rose Heinemann | Jayde Hillier | Jackson Hughes | Jasmine Hunt | Ashlyn James | Cody Kendall | Mya-Jayne Lehmann | Izaya Lyon | Jacob Miles | Lucy Morero | Amy Mullin | Cory Nugent | Georgia Nugent | Patrick O'Brien | Noah Pehi |  Alexis Pinel | Nicholas Preston | Samuel Preston | Sai Aman Ramadani | Samuel Sturton | Lachlan Weinrauch

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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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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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Volunteer Recruitment

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 Artist

The 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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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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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

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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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South Australia leads the charge in Special Olympics Australia National Games 2018 Team Announcements

12 September 2017 | Last week saw the first of the State teams to be announced for the Special Olympics Australia National Games 2018.

Ninety South Australian athletes were selected to represent their home state across 11 sports and 1 demonstration sport, in the 11th National Games which will be held in from 16-20 April 2018 in Adelaide. 

For local South Australian athletes Josh Morpeth and Paul Leikas, the occasion was extra special as they were presented with their offer letters by cycling legend Stuart O'Grady and Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans.

The South Australian athletes will join more than 1,000 competitors from across the country to take part in the National Games, with teams from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania to also be announced shortly. 

All competing athletes will be vying for their spot to on the Australian team that will head to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2019.

You can support an athlete to get to the Games. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

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.

Scott Pettman

Scott has spent 30 years in the Finance and Insurance industry, running a successful Insurance Agency business. He has been involved in a volunteer capacity in charity and non- for profit work for over 15 years, both locally and overseas. This has included travelling to Kenya on a number of occasions with his family to assist in community development projects. Scott enjoys contributing to a variety of volunteer organisations and is also the Venue and Infrastructure Manager for the upcoming Special Olympics Australia National Games 2018.

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 also 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 Registration

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

Track & Field
Venue: South Australia Athletics Stadium
Address: Marjorie Jackson-Nelson Drive, Mile End, 5031
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Half Marathon (Venue TBC)
Venue: Start and Finish at Adelaide Sailing Club. Route will take place along the beach esplanade. Turnaround point is Kingston Park Cafe.
Address: Start & Finish - 9 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024 | Turnaround - 4A Burnham Road, Kingston Park, 5049.
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Basketball

Venue: The Arc Campbelltown
Address: 531 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown, 5074
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Bocce

Venue: Fogolar Furlan
Address: 69 Briar Road, Felixstow, 5070
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Equestrian

Venue: Mallala Equestrian Centre (Venue TBC)
Address: 2665 Redbanks Road, Mallala, 5502
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Football

Venue: Adelaide Shores Reserve, Barratt East Fields
Address: Cnr Military Road and West Beach Road, 5024
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Golf

Venue: Westward Ho Golf Club, Adelaide Shores Golf Park
Address: Military Road, West Beach, 5024
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Gymnastics

Venue: Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre
Address: Cnr Oaklands Road and Rosedale Avenue, Morphettville, 5043
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Sailing

Venue: The Adelaide Sailing Club
Address: 9 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024
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Swimming

Short Course
Venue: Adelaide Aquatic & Leisure Centre
Address: 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park, 5046
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Open Water (Venue TBC)
Venue: West Lakes Reserve
Address: 254 Trimmer Parade, West Lakes, 5021

Tenpin Bowling

Venue: AMF Bowling and Laser Tag Woodville
Address: 819 Port Road, Woodville, 5011
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Tennis

Venue: West Beach Tennis Club (Venue TBC)
Address: 3 Military Road, West Beach, 5024
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Demonstration Sport

Table Tennis

Venue: The Arc Campbelltown
Address: 531 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown, 5074
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Ceremonies

Opening Ceremony

Date: 16 April 2018
Venue: Titanium Security Arena
Address: 44A Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023
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Closing Ceremony

Date: 20 April 2018
Venue: Titanium Security Arena
Address: 44A Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023
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Other Programs

Healthy Athletes Program

Venue: Adelaide Surf Lifesaving Club
Address: 2 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024
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Families & Supporters Hub

Venue: Glenelg Lacrosse Club
Address: 3 Military Road, West Beach, 5024
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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.

Ceremonies

Opening Ceremony

Date: 16 April 2018
Venue: Titanium Security Arena
Address: 44A Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023
Visit the venue website

Closing Ceremony

Date: 20 April 2018
Venue: Titanium Security Arena
Address: 44A Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023
Visit the venue website

Other Programs

Healthy Athletes Program

Venue: Adelaide Surf Lifesaving Club
Address: 2 Barcoo Road, West Beach, 5024
Visit the venue website

Families & Supporters Hub

Venue: Glenelg Lacrosse Club
Address: 3 Military Road, West Beach, 5024
Visit the venue website

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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