7 February 2013 | The team have returned home triumphant with a total of eighteen medals between them. Congratulations Craig, Nicole, Bryce, Luke and Nicole and well done to your support team of Jeremy, Sharyn and Hannah. You did us proud! Click here to see what Senator Jan McLucas and Senator Kate Lundy had to say about your performance.
7 February 2013 | The Special Olympics World Winter Games have wrapped up in spectacular style and Team Australia have returned home from PyeongChang, Republic of Korea with an extraordinary 13 medals: 3 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze. As the first snowsports team to represent Australia at a World Winter Games, this is a truly amazing achievement. Congratulations to all athletes, team officials and supporters for their commitment and enthusiasm during the Games. The results were:
Jeremy Smith, Head of Delegation: 'What an amazing journey it has been. PyeongChang has lived up to every expectation and then some. Team Australia has shown the world the proud, competitive and gracious nation we are. Through the athletes many achievements, we have completed what we set out to do.'
Sharyn Harris, Head Coach: 'We came to Korea to follow the dreams of five athletes and I was so proud to see them all safely and confidently compete against the best Special Olympics athletes in the world.'
Hannah Kennedy, Assistant Coach: 'It has been an incredible experience that will be difficult to top! Have never been so proud to call myself Australian and feel so privileged to have been a part of such a great team.'
About The Games
2,300 athletes with an intellectual disability from 110 countries competed at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. Australia were represented by five athletes and three volunteer officials. This was the first-time Australian athletes have competed in snowsports at a World Winter Games and the first time we were represented in snowboarding. Our only other World Winter Games experience was way back in 1997 when fourteen Australian athletes competed in floor hockey at the World Winter Games in Toronto, Canada.