Special Olympics medal winners to receive heroes’ welcome

Gladstone’s triumphant Special Olympics competitors will be honoured with a civic reception at Gladstone Library Square next Wednesday (May 9).

The 10-strong Special Olympics Gladstone Club contingent returned from the Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide last month with 21 medals between them, an effort that will be celebrated at the Goondoon Street venue on Wednesday from 4pm-5pm.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the athletes had been fine ambassadors for the region in Adelaide and next Wednesday’s event was to thank them for their efforts.

“Council is hosting a civic reception to welcome home our Special Olympics Gladstone Club athletes who achieved excellent individual and team results in Adelaide and did the region proud by competing hard in the right spirit,” Councillor Burnett said.

“Next Wednesday’s event gives the Gladstone Region public a chance to meet the athletes, get autographs, take photos and congratulate the athletes on a job well done in Adelaide.”

The Gladstone Club athletes (seven from the Gladstone Region and three from Rockhampton) who travelled to Adelaide are: Ellie Bloomfield, George Button, Nicole Corowa, Shelby Davis-Hill, Levi Harris, Adam Knust, Ruby Lawler, Tyler Roberts, Sarah Rukavina and Rachel Smith.

The club’s medals were secured in basketball, equestrian events, soccer, and swimming.
Food and drinks will be available at the event as well as free face painting for the young and young at heart.