April 18 saw the return of nine of Gladstone’s special athletes after their terrific performance at the National Games in Adelaide.
Stepping off the tarmac with 21 medals between them, Gladstone Special Olympics sports coordinator Jamie Fowler said the team were thrilled with their achievements.
“The Athletes gave it their all and were extremely proud of their efforts both individually and as a team,” he said.
They’re already back in training with the next step being the World Games in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
While the Assistant Head of the Australian delegation to Abu Dhabi, Gladstone’s very own Debbie Knust, is busy with telephone linkups regarding selection this week, it is not known yet if any of our Gladstone stars will represent Australia.
But they aren’t idling, with last weekend seeing athletes from our region travelling to Mackay for the Mackay Fire multi-sport weekend consisting of Tenpin Bowling, Table Tennis and Basketball.
And then it’s the soccer team’s turn with athletes hitting the road for matches in Caloundra later this month and in Gympie in June. Gold-medal-winning swimmers Ruby Lawler and teammate Levi Harris are in training for meets in Brisbane in September.
“We’d love to host a dual basketball and football event in Gladstone bringing together athletes from all over Queensland, but it would only be viable with a sponsor,” Mr Fowler, said
If you think you or your business can help, search for “Special Olympics Gladstone” on Facebook or e-mail mailto:Gladstone.Sport@specialolympics.com.au
Well done to our Special O athletes – Gladstone is immensely proud of you!
Council hosts a civic reception to celebrate the Special Olympics Gladstone Club members on May 9.
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