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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

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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Athlete message

“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.

Ambassador message

“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.