01 Dec Special Olympics Profile – Nicole Corowa
Nicole Corowa – Basketball
Selected for the Special Olympics in Adelaide in 2018, Gladstone basketballer Nicole Corowa is exceeding the top-level set by her family in competitive sport.
Despite being chosen at the somewhat ripe age of 46 for national selection, Nicole is no newcomer to basketball as her sister Marsha explains, it runs in the family:
“Until recently, Gladstone didn’t really have a team for people with disabilities; she’d come down and watch us play and train, and play muck around games with us on a Friday night.”
Marsha represented Gladstone in basketball at CQ level as a student and says for someone who started playing competitively at 45 to be selected for the Special Olympics just a year later is an amazing feat.
Nicole is a member of the Gladstone reps side for disability basketball, so she’s already been away to the Sunshine Coast, Mackay and to Brisbane representing our town.
“When they go away for reps they must have scouts there, who watch how she has been playing and she was selected for the Nationals in Adelaide coming up in 2018,” Nicole’s sister Marsha said.
In the meantime, there is a lot of help needed with fundraising not just for nomination fees and travel but for warmer clothes for Adelaide and the personal requirements of the team members.
“The whole team has to fundraise, so we’re going to get some raffles going, we are looking for businesses to donate prizes – so if there are any kind businesses out there reading this, we’d be so grateful for the help,” Marsha said.
“We are really proud of Nikki, she’s done really well. She loves it,”
“Every Wednesday night they have training and when I get home from work she’s sitting in the garage dressed and ready to go,” Marsha said.
You can donate to the Gladstone Special Olympics team by visiting their Go Fund Me page https://www.gofundme.com/apyvp-4cc-gladstone-observer-appeal