Our Aussie Champions
Team Australia will return home from Austria with 10 medals, 14 place ribbons, numerous personal best performances and memories that will last a lifetime. Australia can be very proud of these 12 athletes and 5 officials for the way they have represented Australia over the past few weeks.
Special Olympics Australia CEO Corene Strauss conveyed her joy at the team’s achievements.
“We are so proud of our athlete’s achievements in Austria. They come home not just with medals and ribbons, but with recognition for the years of hard work and dedication they have put in. They have been outstanding ambassadors for Australia.”
Here are the official results:
2 gold medals
4 silver medals
4 bronze medals
7 4th place ribbons
3 5th place ribbons
3 6th place ribbons
1 8th place ribbons
A special thanks to our volunteer officials for their tireless support, expert coaching and endless enthusiasm for our athletes. They are: Sharyn Harris, Head of Delegation; Jeremy Smith, Head Coach; Jeroen Leenders, Snowboard Coach; Amanda Gannon, Ski Coach; Mick Harris, Ski Coach.
The Games were officially concluded last Friday night in a spectacular celebration in Graz. A moving speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger and a grand fireworks display were the final highlights of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017.
Schwarzenegger, honorary president of Special Olympics Austria declared, “I’m so happy that you are all here, because you are all the greatest athletes in the world! And I’m really proud of these games – they were the best and biggest in history.”
More than 15,000 people attended a show that feature musical performances from Rose May Alaba, Helene Fischer and 13-year old America´s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal.
On Monday evening we were delighted to have our Patron, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove officially welcome home the team at Admiralty House.
His Excellency congratulated the team on their achievements.
"Congratulations and welcome home - you have all done so very well."
"You have been part of a Games and movement which changes lives and reminds us that people are the same."
Athletes and officials mingled with the Govenor-General and Lady Cosgrove, as well as Special Olympics Australia Board, staff and supporters. It was a fitting recognition of their hardwork and dedication to represent Australia.
for photos from the Welcome Home Function.
The Journey Continues
While the Games may be over, the journey continues for many Special Olympics Australia athletes and officials. The wintersports program has been growing strongly over the past 4 years and continues to be a source of opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to participate in sport.
Due to the nature of our wintersports camps, one of the key results of participation in these programs is the great friendships that our athletes take away. The journey to the 2021 Special Olympics World Winter Games begins now.
We have had an overwhelming response from our herograms with almost 300 messages of support sent to the team.
There is still time to send a message of congratulations.