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Olympic Surprise for MIE Swimmers

A normal Aggregate Training Session on Wednesday 31st August 2016 at Carey Grammar Pool was turned into a night of big surprises for the Melbourne Inner East Aquatics athletes when Liz Gosper, Inclusive Sports Training Director/ Head Coach at Ashwood School arrived with well-known Olympians Belinda Hocking and Elly Gandy.

Belinda and Elly staid for the whole session to meet and chat to the athletes. Elly had a great time getting hands on with the starter gun!

Thank you Liz for giving our athletes the opportunity to meet Belinda and Elly, this special night will be remembered by all!

Pictured with Belinda and Elly is our own coach Olivia Picone. Olivia is only 17 years old and attends Pascoe Vale Girls College. We are very lucky to have Olivia donate her valuable time to coach our athletes.

MIE 2016 Athlete of the Year

Our congratulations to Edward Allen for winning the MIE 2016 Athlete of the Year Award! Well done Edward!

2016 SOV State Winter Games


Gold for our basketball teams C & D grades! Melbourne Inner East Club “Eastern Speed” Basketball teams wins C & D levels on July 5th&6th at the 2016 Special Olympics State Games Basketball championships held at Cardinia Life & leisure Sport centre – Pakenham.

Photo : C Grade winning team 

Our basketball athletes train fortnightly at Boroondara Park Primary School, Almond Street Balwyn North. Training is held Saturday – fortnightly 10-11am. We welcome new members so why not drop in at one of our training session and find out more about what our club can offer.

Tenpin Bowling

We had 29 Bowlers attend the SOV winter state games at Narre Warren. It was great to see everyone bowling so well and showing great sportsmanship to other competitors. On the Saturday we had the Singles event with the Teams on Sunday.

It was great to have all bowlers including the Ramp and Bumper Bowlers participating in the singles.

We had a number of bowlers receive medals and ribbons for their Single’s effort and it continued on Sunday with the Teams, where we won 2 Gold, a Silver and a 4th placing.

There were many outstanding performances over the weekend with some bowlers achieving personal best scores. Christian Gerster scored a best ever game high of 220 in the teams event and it was great to share his joy with him.

A special thank you to all the parents and carers who were able to change their arrangements from the Sunday to the Saturday at very short notice because of the change to the singles and teams events and to the parents/carers who helped with car pooling and transport to make sure our bowlers were able to participate over the weekend. Without your help the weekend would not have been so successful.

We are sure all who attended had a great weekend no matter what their results were, and that they were proudly representing Melbourne Inner East Region.

MIE Athletes competing in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games 

Three of our athletes have been selected to compete at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Alex Cherny, Amanda Kozik and Olivia Sayers will join 3,000 athletes from 117 countries at the SO Winter Games from 14-25 March 2017 in Austria.  for more information on the 2017 World Winter Games.

Australia will be represented by 12 athletes who will compete across two disciplines: Alpine skiing and snowboarding. They will be supported by five volunteer officials and cheered on by a small group of families and supporters at the Games and many more at home via social media. This will be only the second-time that Australian athletes have competed in snowsports at a World Winter Games. At the last Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea in 2013 our team of five athletes returned home with an extraordinary 13 medals: 3 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Update

In March 2017 Nicole Williams, Vice President Law Enforcement Torch Run Victoria, will represent Australia in the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for the Winter Special Olympic Games to be held in Austria.

To raise funds in support of SO, Nicole and her team have committed to undertake a polar plunge into Flughafen See in Niederoblarn, Austria, which means jumping into the coldest lake they could find as a demonstration of their commitment to Special Olympics and the incredible athletes that participate across the world.

To find out more about Nicole’s Polar Plunge please .

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