Special Olympics Australia is honoured to have as our Patron His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. His Excellency actively supports groups that have national significance and which service community needs through active and inclusive programs. His Excellency is also an avid sports follower, who takes particular interest in rugby and cricket.
Respected journalist Peter Overton joined Special Olympics Australia as our first ambassador in 2001 and today he is a regular at events. Peter says, ‘Special Olympics Australia is a great organisation that makes a difference to the lives of so many people. I'm always inspired by the achievements of athletes, amazed at the skills of my fellow volunteers and proud of the great sponsors and donors that share their support. I’m pleased to have found a rewarding role at Special Olympics Australia and I hope more people do too.’
Duncan Armstrong became a household name with an upset win in the 200m freestyle at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. It was Australia's 100th Olympic swimming medal. Duncan has since enjoyed careers in television and radio, motivational speaking, endorsements and corporate partnerships. Of Special Olympics Australia he says, 'The only athletes truly competing for the love of sport are found at Special Olympics.'
Jim Maxwell is the most experienced cricket commentator on the ABC. He is also an ambassador who has inspired athletes with his tales. He says, ‘I’m happy to share my time with other lovers of sport...and Special Olympics athletes love sport. It’s a fantastic community program!’
Former Australian rugby league player Craig Wing joined Special Olympics in 2008. Craig says, ‘I'm really excited to be involved as services for people with an intellectual disability is something that's very real for me. I'm looking forward to raising awareness and showing that these people can accomplish amazing things. I admire Special Olympics athletes for their courage and enjoy being on their team.’
Renowned Australian actress and community supporter, Paula Duncan has been an ambassador of Special Olympics Australia since 2008. Of her involvement with Special Olympics Australia she says, ‘I have worked with people with an intellectual disability for many years and this is one of the most innovative programs, which allows people with intellectual disability to join the community in a very real sense. I am right behind these everyday heroes every step of the way.’
Amber Lawrence is a talented and award-winning singer/songwriter. Amber has been involved with Special Olympics Australia since 2010 and in 2012 she dedicated her song TRY as the theme song for the Junior National Games
Tahir is one of Australia’s busiest comedians. In 1996 he was voted comic of the year and has since been involved in some of Australia's most popular television programs including Fat Pizza and Housos.
Rob Shehadie has starred in the hit TV comedy Fat Pizza as well as the Fat Pizza Movie, which broke box office records around Australia. Rob has toured the country with several stage show comedies.
Iva Davies, is the musical creative force behind Icehouse who have earned an amazing 28 platinum records, eight top 10 albums and over thirty top 40 singles. Iva continues to showcase his musical skills for films, ballet, television and special events.
John Foreman is a musical director, pianist, composer and well-recognised face on Australian television. John wrote The Flame, which was performed by Tina Arena and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony. His compositions have also been performed by artists such as Vanessa Amorosi and Jose Carreras.
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC), on behalf of the Australian Government, plays a central leadership role in the development and operation of the Australian sports system, administering and funding innovative sport programs like Special Olympics Australia. It is focused on supporting national sporting organisations to deliver sport in Australia and increase sports participation.’