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Junior National Games are underway!

Junior National Games are underway!

05/07/2017, Australia, Multi Sports, Australian Special Olympics, Article # 23106864

 

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4 July 2017
 
The 4th Special Olympics Australia Junior National Games are officially underway at Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre on the Gold Coast after a stirring Opening Ceremony last night and athletics and swimming competition today. Check out all the photos, media and highlights below!
 
Team South Australia marches into the arena at the Opening Ceremony. Photo: Michael Neylan.
Queensland runner Jacob Miles celebrated his 15th birthday on Tuesday with a medal. Photo: Special Olympics Australia.
The moment when Lachlan Bond helped his mate Sai Aman Ramadani in the 200m race. Photo: Special Olympics Australia.
Jasmine Williams & Det. Supt Andrew Donoghue, Australian Federal Police, parade the flame through Surfers Paradise. Photo: Michael Neylan.
Day 1 Competition
Competition at the Games got underway on Tuesday with athletics and swimming with every athlete competing in one of these sports.
 
It was an exciting day for all competitors with many athletes winning their first medals at a national competition. There were an exceptional number of personal best performances with all athletes representing their states with pride. View photos.
 
We were delighted to see many media out to cover the Games, including local Seven News anchorman and Queensland media legend Rod Young. See highlights from Seven News
 
 
Channeling a legend
There was one moment on day one that no one in attendance at the athletics will forget.
 
As competitors in the mens 200m came down the home straight, Sai Aman Ramadani was struggling and ready to give up. Luckily his mate Lachlan Bond was there to help. Lachlan halted his run to assist Sai Aman and help him get to the line. Both received medals for the race.
 
It's fitting the actions happened in an arena named after Australian athletics legend Ron Clarke. In 1956, at the Australian titles, John Landy famously stopped during the mile, to attend to a fallen Clarke, and then resumed running to win the race.
 
Click here to see photos of the moment
Opening Ceremony
On Monday night, the Games kicked off with the Opening Ceremony at the Main Stadium at Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre, MC'd by former AFL star Peter 'Spider' Everitt.
 
Special Olympics Australia CEO Corene Strauss and Chairman Cameron Brownjohn welcomed the athletes, officials and volunteers, as state teams entered the arena to a raucous crowd, with the home team Queensland getting a particularly enthusiastic reception.
 
LETR members from around the country ran alongside Junior Games athletes from each state, bringing in the Flame of Hope to light the cauldron and officially open the Games.
 
Click here for Opening Ceremony photos
 
Torch Run Final Leg
On Monday afternoon, Law Enforcement officers from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run alongside current Special Olympics Australia athletes.
 
The famous Surfers Paradise beach was the scene for the run as the flame of hope was carried along the beach before finishing at Cavill Mall.
 
 
300 Days To Go!

300 Days To Go!

22/06/2017, Australia, Multi Sports, Australian Special Olympics, Article # 22907671
        
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300 Days To Go!
We are less than a year away from the 11th Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide and it has been a busy time! 
 
We were delighted to welcome Orana as our Families and Supporters partner and Adlab as our graphic designer. You can also meet our Athlete Ambassador Lachy and our Sports Manager Moira. Read all the details below or follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest Games news!
 
Contact Us
PO Box 57
WEST BEACH SA 502
 
1300 225 762
 
 
 
Today marks 300 days until our 11th National Games.
 
We have been keeping busy over the past month, and are set to deliver a world-class Games for our athletes. This means I have a few notable announcements, which include:
 
- Our appointment of two-time Olympian Sally Hunter as the aquatics Athletes Sports Ambassador. Sally has competed around the world, and is on board to help inspire you in the lead-up and at the Games;
 
- Welcoming Adlab, an Adelaide-based advertising, design and production agency, as our official graphic designer for the 2018 National Games;
 
- Confirmation that The City of Charles Sturt and Adelaide Shores will sponsor our Closing Ceremony, making it an evening to remember for athletes, families and volunteers alike. A huge thanks also to Australia Post, Leader Computers and Tennis South Australia for donating invaluable products to the Games; and
 
- A formal introduction to Orana, our Families and Supporters partner for the Games. Read on for more information about the wonderful work Orana has done for Special Olympics over the years.
 
I cannot wait to welcome you all to my beautiful hometown of Adelaide in just ten months’ time.
 
Not long now!
 
Message from Games Athlete Ambassador Lachy Woollett
In the next two months, the National Games teams will be announced. I know you have all worked very hard, and wish you all the best of luck on being selected to represent your state or territory.
 
In the meantime, let’s get excited – follow the National Games on Facebook and share our updates with your friends, families and colleagues. Let’s aim for 500 new followers this month!
 
To those of you who are selected, congratulations. I look forward to welcoming you and your families to Adelaide and its warm, friendly locals.
 
And to those who don’t make it this year, remember to support your fellow teammates as they train and prepare for the competition. Together, we can make next year’s Games the best yet.
 
PS. Above is a picture of me with my friends, fellow Athlete Leader Mary Follard (centre) and South Australia Community Sports Link coordinator Igor Negrau (left), presenting to St Paul’s College. We told a group of year 10 students how to support Special Olympics Australia and volunteer for the 2018 Games!
 
Orana our Families & Supporters Partner
Special Olympics Australia is delighted to welcome Orana as the Families and Supporters Partner for the 2018 National Games.
 
Orana Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Mihalaras said Orana hoped the partnership with Special Olympics Australia would help both organisations better support people with an intellectual disability and their families.
 
“Orana has enjoyed a long partnership with Special Olympics South Australia, with our history together spanning more than eight years,” said Mr Mihalaras.
 
Special Olympics Australia National Games Chairman Jehad Rasheed said they were honoured to extend the existing relationship with Orana, who have sponsored the Community Sports Link program for years.
 
“We are very fortunate to have had the ongoing support of Orana, and look forward to working closely with the team in the lead up to the Games,” said Mr Rasheed
 
Click here for more information about the partnership.
 
Fun For All
Adelaide is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. Taste your way through world-famous wine regions only minutes away from the city, soak up the sun at one of our picture-perfect metropolitan beaches, join the party at our immersive festivals and events, or spend the night exploring our thriving restaurant and bar scene. There’s a world to enjoy right at your fingertips – experience it all in Adelaide. Click on the video to the right to find out more!
Meet Moira - Games Sports Manager
Special Olympics Australia veteran Moira Ryde has been confirmed as the 2018 National Games Sports Manager. Moira has been part of Special Olympics Australia for nearly 35 years, working on every National Games since 1990 and serving as the first Australian on the International Rules Committee for six years.
 
In 2014, she was inducted into the Special Olympics Australia Hall of Fame for her ongoing support and contributions. As the Sports Manager for the National Games, Moira will be responsible for ensuring the sports are run correctly, the venues are suitable and the right people are appointed as technical delegates.
 
“I make sure we offer the very best for our athletes competing at the Games, and that they bring good competition opportunities. I encourage our athletes to keep training and do the best they can. I have a million funny stories about Special Olympics, but for me, the best part of the organisation is to see the athletes achieve what they want to achieve,” said Ms Ryde. Welcome Moira!
 
 
 
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300 Days To Go! | 20 June 2017
1 Year To Go Until 2018 National Games

1 Year To Go Until 2018 National Games

18/04/2017, Australia, Multi Sports, Australian Special Olympics, Article # 22130252

 

        
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1 Year To Go. Game on!
It's just one year until 1,000 athletes with an intellectual disability converge on Adelaide for the 11th Special Olympics Australia National Summer Games. It will be a spectacular celebration of sport, ability and inclusion.
 
We are celebrating with the announcement of our Games Patron, Kevin Scarce, former Governor of South Australia and Royal Australian Navy officer. Read more about Kevin and other Games activities below.
 
Contact Us
PO Box 57
WEST BEACH SA 502
 
1300 225 762
 
 
 
Message from Special Olympics Australia CEO Corene Strauss
It is my pleasure to address you as Chief Executive Officer for Special Olympics Australia, just 12 months away from our organisation’s flagship event – the National Summer Games.
 
Running from 16 – 20 April 2018, the National Games will attract more than 1,000 athletes with an intellectual disability to compete in 12 competition and demonstration sports in the beautiful city of Adelaide. The city’s picturesque location, friendly people and outstanding sports and recreation facilities make it the perfect choice of location.
 
The Games help put our athletes on the nation’s stage, to recognise the year-round achievements and contributions of our volunteers and to build our organisation into the pride of our nation. We are thrilled to return the National Games to Adelaide, and I encourage Australians around the country to get involved in whatever way they can. Thank you to everyone working to make the Games a success, and I look forward to welcoming the Special Olympics Australia community to Adelaide in a year’s time.
 
Over the past eight years, I have fallen in love with Special Olympics Australia – it is an organisation that grounds me as a person and it is a cause that has captured my heart. I am truly honoured to be the Chairman of the 2018 National Games and hope to do the job justice in the coming 12 months.
 
In my role as Chairman for the Special Olympics Australia National Games, I hope to be a powerful advocate for every athlete, every parent, every volunteer and every community member who supports our organisation. Events like the National Games give athletes the opportunity to achieve their personal best, build lifetime friendships and develop personal skills for the future.
 
The 2018 National Games are shaping up to be the most memorable Games to date, hosted in my home state of Adelaide, South Australia. I am looking forward to welcoming our athletes and all those around them to Adelaide, and cheering from the sidelines as they compete with joy, team spirit and pride. 
 
Welcome to Adelaide
The Special Olympics National Games are heading back to South Australia – a state loved for its warm welcome and world-class events. Whether you’re here to compete or support you’ll discover exceptional food and wine and abundant natural beauty, with Adelaide the heart of the action. It’s easy to see why Lonely Planet named South Australia one of its must-visit destinations for 2017.
 
Adelaide is compact and easy to navigate, offering beautiful suburban beaches, great shopping, buzzing small bars and a thriving arts scene. It’s a place where you have room to move and space to breathe, and one proud of its reputation for hosting events and festivals of every size.
 
The South Australian Tourism Commission is thrilled to support the Special Olympics Australia National Games and we invite all Australians to attend the event and cheer on its incredible athletes. Make your first stop southaustralia.com – you’ll discover everything you need to know about this destination on the rise. We look forward to seeing you soon!  
 
Games History
Few sporting events can match the social and emotional impact of the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Every four years, hundreds of athletes with an intellectual disability from all over Australia demonstrate their skills and sportsmanship in this flagship event of Special Olympics Australia. Read about our history here.
Games Patron
Special Olympics Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Scarce as Games Patron for the National Games. As a long-time supporter of Special Olympics Australia and a significant philanthropic and business leader, we are honoured to have Kevin support the Organising Committee of the National Games.
 
“When I was asked to be Patron for the 2018 National Games, I was delighted to assist. The National Games give our athletes enormous pleasure and self-confidence, and just seeing them participate is something that is worthy of us all supporting,” said Mr Scarce.
 
As Patron for the 2018 National Games, Mr Scarce will work to engage new and existing partners with the National Games and help raise awareness, funds and community support for the upcoming event.
 
 
Introducing the Games Board
Special Olympics Australia would like to welcome all members of the 2018 National Games Board. Each are influential members of the South Australian community and long-time supporters of the organisation. The Special Olympics Australia community thank you for your time, commitment, leadership and guidance to the Games Organising Committee.
 
For a full list of board members, please visit the National Games website.
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Donate – support our future champions.
Paul Wiggins
Marketing & Communications Executive
Special Olympics Australia
1300 225 762
 
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1 Year To Go. Game on!
It's just one year until 1,000 athletes with an intellectual disability converge on Adelaide for the 11th Special Olympics Australia National Summer Games. It will be a spectacular celebration of sport, ability and inclusion.
 
We are celebrating with the announcement of our Games Patron, Kevin Scarce, former Governor of South Australia and Royal Australian Navy officer. Read more about Kevin and other Games activities below.
 
Contact Us
PO Box 57
WEST BEACH SA 502
 
1300 225 762
 
 
 
Message from Special Olympics Australia CEO Corene Strauss
It is my pleasure to address you as Chief Executive Officer for Special Olympics Australia, just 12 months away from our organisation’s flagship event – the National Summer Games.
 
Running from 16 – 20 April 2018, the National Games will attract more than 1,000 athletes with an intellectual disability to compete in 12 competition and demonstration sports in the beautiful city of Adelaide. The city’s picturesque location, friendly people and outstanding sports and recreation facilities make it the perfect choice of location.
 
The Games help put our athletes on the nation’s stage, to recognise the year-round achievements and contributions of our volunteers and to build our organisation into the pride of our nation. We are thrilled to return the National Games to Adelaide, and I encourage Australians around the country to get involved in whatever way they can. Thank you to everyone working to make the Games a success, and I look forward to welcoming the Special Olympics Australia community to Adelaide in a year’s time.
 
Over the past eight years, I have fallen in love with Special Olympics Australia – it is an organisation that grounds me as a person and it is a cause that has captured my heart. I am truly honoured to be the Chairman of the 2018 National Games and hope to do the job justice in the coming 12 months.
 
In my role as Chairman for the Special Olympics Australia National Games, I hope to be a powerful advocate for every athlete, every parent, every volunteer and every community member who supports our organisation. Events like the National Games give athletes the opportunity to achieve their personal best, build lifetime friendships and develop personal skills for the future.
 
The 2018 National Games are shaping up to be the most memorable Games to date, hosted in my home state of Adelaide, South Australia. I am looking forward to welcoming our athletes and all those around them to Adelaide, and cheering from the sidelines as they compete with joy, team spirit and pride. 
 
Welcome to Adelaide
The Special Olympics National Games are heading back to South Australia – a state loved for its warm welcome and world-class events. Whether you’re here to compete or support you’ll discover exceptional food and wine and abundant natural beauty, with Adelaide the heart of the action. It’s easy to see why Lonely Planet named South Australia one of its must-visit destinations for 2017.
 
Adelaide is compact and easy to navigate, offering beautiful suburban beaches, great shopping, buzzing small bars and a thriving arts scene. It’s a place where you have room to move and space to breathe, and one proud of its reputation for hosting events and festivals of every size.
 
The South Australian Tourism Commission is thrilled to support the Special Olympics Australia National Games and we invite all Australians to attend the event and cheer on its incredible athletes. Make your first stop southaustralia.com – you’ll discover everything you need to know about this destination on the rise. We look forward to seeing you soon!  
 
Games History
Few sporting events can match the social and emotional impact of the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Every four years, hundreds of athletes with an intellectual disability from all over Australia demonstrate their skills and sportsmanship in this flagship event of Special Olympics Australia. Read about our history here.
Games Patron
Special Olympics Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Scarce as Games Patron for the National Games. As a long-time supporter of Special Olympics Australia and a significant philanthropic and business leader, we are honoured to have Kevin support the Organising Committee of the National Games.
 
“When I was asked to be Patron for the 2018 National Games, I was delighted to assist. The National Games give our athletes enormous pleasure and self-confidence, and just seeing them participate is something that is worthy of us all supporting,” said Mr Scarce.
 
As Patron for the 2018 National Games, Mr Scarce will work to engage new and existing partners with the National Games and help raise awareness, funds and community support for the upcoming event.
 
 
Introducing the Games Board
Special Olympics Australia would like to welcome all members of the 2018 National Games Board. Each are influential members of the South Australian community and long-time supporters of the organisation. The Special Olympics Australia community thank you for your time, commitment, leadership and guidance to the Games Organising Committee.
 
For a full list of board members, please visit the National Games website.
Get Social
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Instagram: @SOAustralia
Snapchat: @SOAustralia
YouTube: SpecOAustralia
 
Show Your Support
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Donate – support our future champions.
Paul Wiggins
Marketing & Communications Executive
Special Olympics Australia
1300 225 762
 
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Congratulations Team Australia! | 2017 World Winter Games Newsletter

Congratulations Team Australia! | 2017 World Winter Games Newsletter

31/03/2017, Australia, Multi Sports, Australian Special Olympics, Article # 21879008

 

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Congratulations Team Australia!
Team Australia is home after a spectacular couple of weeks wearing the green and gold with pride in Austria. The team were officially welcomed home by the Patron of Special Olympics Australia, His Excellency, the Governor-General on Monday evening. Check out all the details below.
Amanda Kozik (VIC) all smiles after her bronze medal in the Alpine skiing slalom event. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
The Governor-General of Australia and Lady Cosgrove with Team Australia at their welcome home in Sydney. 
Photo: Ian Abbott, Special Olympics Australia.
Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses the crowd at the Closing Ceremony. Photo:Special Olympics World Winter Games.
Amanda Kozik, Olivia Sayers and Sara Molloy pose for one last photo before their trip home from Australia. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
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.
 
Click here for our Games photos collection
 
Closing Ceremony
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.
 
Click here for photos from the Closing Ceremony
Governor-General Welcome
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.
 
Click here 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.
 
If you would like to be part of the Special Olympics Australia wintersports program please contact Lauren Camino at laurenc@specialolympics.com.au.
 
Herograms
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.
 
Click here to send your message.
Show Your Support
Sign up – get your friends and family to sign up for e-news.
Donate – support our future champions.
Herogram – send a message to the team.
 
Get Social
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Instagram: @SOAustralia
Snapchat: @SOAustralia
Media Enquiries
Paul Wiggins
Marketing & Communications Executive
Special Olympics Australia
1300 228 537
media@specialolympics.com.au
 
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Edition 8 | Congratulations Team Australia! | 31 March 2017
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Congratulations Team Australia!
Team Australia is home after a spectacular couple of weeks wearing the green and gold with pride in Austria. The team were officially welcomed home by the Patron of Special Olympics Australia, His Excellency, the Governor-General on Monday evening. Check out all the details below.
Amanda Kozik (VIC) all smiles after her bronze medal in the Alpine skiing slalom event. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
The Governor-General of Australia and Lady Cosgrove with Team Australia at their welcome home in Sydney. 
Photo: Ian Abbott, Special Olympics Australia.
Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses the crowd at the Closing Ceremony. Photo:Special Olympics World Winter Games.
Amanda Kozik, Olivia Sayers and Sara Molloy pose for one last photo before their trip home from Australia. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
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.
 
Click here for our Games photos collection
 
Closing Ceremony
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.
 
Click here for photos from the Closing Ceremony
Governor-General Welcome
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.
 
Click here 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.
 
If you would like to be part of the Special Olympics Australia wintersports program please contact Lauren Camino at laurenc@specialolympics.com.au.
 
Herograms
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.
 
Click here to send your message.
Show Your Support
Sign up – get your friends and family to sign up for e-news.
Donate – support our future champions.
Herogram – send a message to the team.
 
Get Social
Twitter: @SOAustralia
Instagram: @SOAustralia
Snapchat: @SOAustralia
Media Enquiries
Paul Wiggins
Marketing & Communications Executive
Special Olympics Australia
1300 228 537
media@specialolympics.com.au
 
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Aussies on Fire! | 2017 World Winter Games Newsletter

Aussies on Fire! | 2017 World Winter Games Newsletter

23/03/2017, Australia, Multi Sports, Australian Special Olympics, Article # 21771526

 

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Aussies on Fire!
Plenty of Aussie spirit and determination was on show as all 12 Team Australia athletes hit the snow for the finals of the Giant Slalom events. There were some phenomenal efforts on show, including plenty more medals and ribbons. Check out all the details below.
Alex Cherny, Team Australia's youngest member, all smiles after receieving his 4th place ribbon. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
Snowboarder David Campion celebrates after his silver medal run in the Giant Slalom. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
Sara Molloy (left) shows off her silver medal with teammate Amanda Kozik. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
The Healthy Athletes program in action in Austria. 
Photo: Special Olympics World Games.
Medal Rush
On Wednesday morning, all 12 Team Australia members were on the snow fields of Schladming for the finals of the Alpine skiing and Snowboarding Giant Slalom events. There were plenty of tricks and skills on show as everyone delivered an outstanding performance. Here are the results:
 
Alpine skiing Giant Slalom
Ben Pearce, 4th
Amanda Kozik, Bronze
Brenton Heslehurst, Gold
Shaun McKee, 4th
Luke Forster, Silver
Sara Molloy, Silver
Olivia Sayers, 4th
Alex Cherny, 4th
Perrin Richardson, 5th
Kristian Sandercoe, 4th
 
Snowboarding Giant Slalom
Craig Muhlbock, 5th
David Campion, Silver
 
Click here for photos of competition
Click here for photos of medal presentations
 
The Giant Slalom is more of a technical event than the Super G with the poles placed closer together. Each participant has two runs, with their combined times determined as their overall result.
 
For many of the team that concludes their competition. Perrin, Amanda and David are still to compete in the Slalom events, with divisioning today and finals tomorrow. Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the action.
Healthy Athletes
The 2017 World Winter Games marks 20 years of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, the largest public health program for people with intellectual disabilities worldwide.
 
The program sees athletes, accompanied by coaches and family members, receive a free health examination and health education from professionals trained to work with people with intellectual disabilities.
 
The disciplines that athletes get screened in include: Fit Feet, FUNFitness, Health Promotion, Healthy Hearing, Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, and Strong Minds – a discipline piloted for the first time at the these Games.
 
Over the course of the Games, Healthy Athletes volunteers will screen 2,600 athletes from 105 countries. Click here for photos from Healthy Athletes
 
In addition to Healthy Athletes, the Games includes a Young Athletes demonstration and Unified Sports experiences.
 
Eurosport Coverage
We are pleased to share that broadcaster Eurosport have come on board to cover the Games. The leading global broadcaster, which can be found on Foxtel channel 511, will air a dedicated news feature package at the following times:
 
Thursday 23 March, 8:40pm
Saturday 25 March, 9:55pm
Show Your Support
Sign up – get your friends and family to sign up for e-news.
Donate – support our future champions.
Herogram – send a message to the team.
 
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Media Enquiries
Paul Wiggins
Marketing & Communications Executive
Special Olympics Australia
1300 228 537
media@specialolympics.com.au
 
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Aussies on Fire!
Plenty of Aussie spirit and determination was on show as all 12 Team Australia athletes hit the snow for the finals of the Giant Slalom events. There were some phenomenal efforts on show, including plenty more medals and ribbons. Check out all the details below.
Alex Cherny, Team Australia's youngest member, all smiles after receieving his 4th place ribbon. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
Snowboarder David Campion celebrates after his silver medal run in the Giant Slalom. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
Sara Molloy (left) shows off her silver medal with teammate Amanda Kozik. Photo: Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
The Healthy Athletes program in action in Austria. 
Photo: Special Olympics World Games.
Medal Rush
On Wednesday morning, all 12 Team Australia members were on the snow fields of Schladming for the finals of the Alpine skiing and Snowboarding Giant Slalom events. There were plenty of tricks and skills on show as everyone delivered an outstanding performance. Here are the results:
 
Alpine skiing Giant Slalom
Ben Pearce, 4th
Amanda Kozik, Bronze
Brenton Heslehurst, Gold
Shaun McKee, 4th
Luke Forster, Silver
Sara Molloy, Silver
Olivia Sayers, 4th
Alex Cherny, 4th
Perrin Richardson, 5th
Kristian Sandercoe, 4th
 
Snowboarding Giant Slalom
Craig Muhlbock, 5th
David Campion, Silver
 
Click here for photos of competition
Click here for photos of medal presentations
 
The Giant Slalom is more of a technical event than the Super G with the poles placed closer together. Each participant has two runs, with their combined times determined as their overall result.
 
For many of the team that concludes their competition. Perrin, Amanda and David are still to compete in the Slalom events, with divisioning today and finals tomorrow. Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the action.
Healthy Athletes
The 2017 World Winter Games marks 20 years of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, the largest public health program for people with intellectual disabilities worldwide.
 
The program sees athletes, accompanied by coaches and family members, receive a free health examination and health education from professionals trained to work with people with intellectual disabilities.
 
The disciplines that athletes get screened in include: Fit Feet, FUNFitness, Health Promotion, Healthy Hearing, Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, and Strong Minds – a discipline piloted for the first time at the these Games.
 
Over the course of the Games, Healthy Athletes volunteers will screen 2,600 athletes from 105 countries. Click here for photos from Healthy Athletes
 
In addition to Healthy Athletes, the Games includes a Young Athletes demonstration and Unified Sports experiences.
 
Eurosport Coverage
We are pleased to share that broadcaster Eurosport have come on board to cover the Games. The leading global broadcaster, which can be found on Foxtel channel 511, will air a dedicated news feature package at the following times:
 
Thursday 23 March, 8:40pm
Saturday 25 March, 9:55pm
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Trans Tasman Tournament - 100 Days To Go!

Trans Tasman Tournament - 100 Days To Go!

17/08/2016, Australia, Multi Sports, Australian Special Olympics, Article # 19041168
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100 Days to Go!
Today marks 100 days to go until the Trans Tasman Tournament kicks off on 25 November 2016. Our team of 120 athletes is well prepared to take on New Zealand in athletics and aquatics and they are training hard in local communities across the country. The Trans Tasman Tournament was developed to create more sporting opportunities for athletes with an intellectual disability and we are excited that 85% of the Australian delegation for 2016 will be participating in the Tournament for the first time. For some it is also their first overseas competition. Meet the team at: www.specialolympics.com.au/transtasman2016
Just 100 days until the Trans Tasman Tournament gets underway. Chris and Edward will be there!
Charles McFarlane at the Team NSW uniform fitting in 
July 2016.
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The Waikato, New Zealand's longest river, flows for 16km through the city of Hamilton.
Visit from New Zealand
In July, we were delighted to host our colleagues Kathy Gibson, CEO and Ian McKelvie, Chairman, Special Olympics New Zealand who shared their strategy with the Board of Special Olympics Australia. We thank Kathy and Ian for their time and look forward to catching up with them again in Hamilton.
 
Of the partnership Kathy says, “There is a lot of talk about the need for collaboration in the sports sector. Special Olympics New Zealand is very serious about “walking the talk” in this respect. It is critical that we share our scarce resources to best advantage and mutual benefit, particularly when there is so much synergy. In our desire to strengthen our Trans-Tasman links we are now drilling down much deeper in capability development, governance improvement and in refining our sports delivery model so both Programs can operate in smarter and more efficient ways.”
 
Mike Ryan, Sports Operations Manager from Special Olympics New Zealand also visited us to conduct training in the Games Management System (GMS).
 
Games News Coverage
During the Trans Tasman Tournament, Special Olympics New Zealand will share stories, photos and results. Special Olympics Australia will keep a close eye on the news so that we can share it across our channels. We will also do a full wrap up on the return of the team. To get you excited, take a look at our photo albums from the 2012 Trans Tasman Tournament which was hosted in Cairns, Queensland where 300 athletes competed in four sports: athletics, basketball, football and tenpin bowling.
Team Uniforms Fittings
You know there’s a competition around the corner when uniform fittings get underway and that’s exactly what happened in July. Valour our National Uniform Partner took time out to head out to Campbelltown (NSW) to personally fit some of the NSW team, including swimmer Charles McFarlane from Special Olympics Illawarra.
 
15-year-old Charles is one of the youngest members of the Australian delegation and he is 'super-excited' to be representing NSW in New Zealand. Charles says, “My ancestors are part Maori so I can’t wait to go to New Zealand for the Trans Tasman Tournament. Competing with Special Olympics Australia is great. Until I started, I never knew anyone with Down syndrome, now I have lots of friends that are just like me.”
 
Spotlight on Peter
Peter Thomas from Victoria says, “I’m bursting with pride to be selected to represent Victoria in athletics. Getting a new uniform and meeting new people is exciting and I like athletic challenges. Special Olympics has made me fitter, helped me develop a sportsmanlike attitude and widened my horizons.” Peter will be the oldest Australian representative at the Trans Tasman Tournament and will celebrate his 50th birthday just a week after the competition.
 
About Hamilton
The Hamilton-Waikato region is just south of Auckland, New Zealand. It is a land of lush pastures that was chosen to play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Find out more at www.newzealand.com/au/hamilton-waikato
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Edition 2 | 100 Days to Go! | 17 August 2016
From the Board | Quarter 2 Update

From the Board | Quarter 2 Update

02/08/2016, Australia, Multi Sports, Australian Special Olympics, Article # 18839311

 

2 August 2016
 
 
Quarter 2 | Board Update

At last Friday’s Board meeting we welcomed new Board members Nicole Swaine and Megan Lavender who bring significant expertise to the Board. The Board now has a full complement of skills and an even gender balance. We were delighted to be joined at the meeting by the Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics New Zealand who are working with us to enhance the athlete experience within our region. I hope you enjoy this quarterly update from the Board, which includes three very important announcements. My next update will follow the Board meeting on 4 November 2016.
 
 Kind regards
 Nigel Milan AM
 Chairman, Special Olympics Australia
 
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
We are listening to your views and have made decisions on two crucial issues based on your feedback. It is our intention to keep our conversations open and constructive, while introducing improved procedures to strengthen the organisation.
 
Athlete Registration Medical Requirements
The Board discussed in detail the annual athlete registration process and medical requirements and it was decided that a full medical examination signed by a medical practitioner will only be required once every four years with a parent/carer/guardian sign off in the other years. This will come into effect from January 2017 and the finer details will be communicated by the CEO in due course.
 
Volunteer Screening Requirements
Reports from the Royal Commission into the abuse of children in sporting clubs highlights the need for all sporting organisations to have clear policies and procedures in place to protect vulnerable people. Special Olympics Australia recognises our responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of athletes with an intellectual disability and are committed to providing them with a safe and welcoming sporting and social environment. That’s why we require all volunteers to complete a Working With Children Check and in some cases a Police Check. We understand that some people are still in the process of completing these minimum requirements so we are offering an amnesty until the end of 2016. However, from 1 January 2017, all Special Olympics Australia volunteers will need to  meet minimum standards. If they do not, they will not be able to volunteer or apply for a role on a travelling team and they will not be covered by insurance.
 
EXCITING SPORTS NEWS
National Games 2018 Host City
Following a detailed tender process conducted by National Games Director Bredette Koen the Board is pleased to announce the next National Games will be hosted by Adelaide in April 2018. Further details will be provided by the CEO soon and plans for an official launch are underway.
 
OTHER NEWS FROM THE BOARD MEETING
New Vice Chairman
I’m delighted to announce that Cameron Brownjohn has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Board having joined us in July 2014. Cameron is currently Division Director of Macquarie Bank’s Corporate & Asset Finance division and has a passion for sport and community. Cameron replaces Michael Hogan who joined the Board in July 2012. Michael has stepped aside from the vice-chair role due to other commitments but will remain on the Board. We welcome Cameron to the new role and thank Michael for his outstanding contribution. Click here to meet the Board.
 
Governance Review
A comprehensive governance review of the organisation has been conducted by an external agency, with feedback gathered from a wide range of stakeholders across the organisation. From this review a number of recommendations have been agreed on and the Board has established an implementation committee to put these recommendations in place. Paramount to this will be a redraft of the Constitution. The governance review has been financed by a grant from the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and will allow us to meet the requirements from the ASC to be recognised as a National Sporting Organisation for Disability (NSOD).
 
Enhancing the Athlete Experience Across the Tasman
The Board were delighted to be joined by Kathy Gibson, CEO and Ian McKelvie, Chairman from Special Olympics New Zealand who share a wealth of experience within the Special Olympics Movement, both in New Zealand and abroad. They discussed the strategies and procedures that are bringing success to Special Olympics News Zealand and we have made a commitment to work more collaboratively for the greater benefit of athletes in our region. One of those benefits could be greater competition opportunities with events like the Trans Tasman Tournament which will next take place in Hamilton, New Zealand from 25-27 November 2016. This will be the third Trans Tasman Tournament with 120 Australian to take on their New Zealand counterparts in aquatics and athletics. Click here to find out more.
 
AGM Minutes
Based on advice from our members at the 2016 AGM, the 2015 AGM minutes have been revised slightly. Both the 2015 and 2016 AGM minutes are attached to this email. Please note that for some people these attachments may be located at the bottom left of this email.
 
FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
National IGA Promotion Starts Tomorrow!
Our long-term partner IGA is supporting our athletes with a three-week promotion in stores across the country. From 3-23 August 2016 sales of Community Chest products featured in the catalogue will help raise money for Special Olympics Australia. So encourage your family and friends to get down to their local IGA store and grab some great products. You may even meet some of our athletes who will be out and about at local stores shaking buckets or hosting sausage sizzles. If you don't catch them in person you'll catch our athletes in the catalogue! Click here for more information.
2 August 2016
To: Athletes, volunteers, club committees, families and carers 
FYI: Board, Zone, Staff 
 
Quarter 2 | Board Update

At last Friday’s Board meeting we welcomed new Board members Nicole Swaine and Megan Lavender who bring significant expertise to the Board. The Board now has a full complement of skills and an even gender balance. We were delighted to be joined at the meeting by the Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics New Zealand who are working with us to enhance the athlete experience within our region. I hope you enjoy this quarterly update from the Board, which includes three very important announcements. My next update will follow the Board meeting on 4 November 2016.
 
 Kind regards
 Nigel Milan AM
 Chairman, Special Olympics Australia
 
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
We are listening to your views and have made decisions on two crucial issues based on your feedback. It is our intention to keep our conversations open and constructive, while introducing improved procedures to strengthen the organisation.
 
Athlete Registration Medical Requirements
The Board discussed in detail the annual athlete registration process and medical requirements and it was decided that a full medical examination signed by a medical practitioner will only be required once every four years with a parent/carer/guardian sign off in the other years. This will come into effect from January 2017 and the finer details will be communicated by the CEO in due course.
 
Volunteer Screening Requirements
Reports from the Royal Commission into the abuse of children in sporting clubs highlights the need for all sporting organisations to have clear policies and procedures in place to protect vulnerable people. Special Olympics Australia recognises our responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of athletes with an intellectual disability and are committed to providing them with a safe and welcoming sporting and social environment. That’s why we require all volunteers to complete a Working With Children Check and in some cases a Police Check. We understand that some people are still in the process of completing these minimum requirements so we are offering an amnesty until the end of 2016. However, from 1 January 2017, all Special Olympics Australia volunteers will need to  meet minimum standards. If they do not, they will not be able to volunteer or apply for a role on a travelling team and they will not be covered by insurance.
 
EXCITING SPORTS NEWS
National Games 2018 Host City
Following a detailed tender process conducted by National Games Director Bredette Koen the Board is pleased to announce the next National Games will be hosted by Adelaide in April 2018. Further details will be provided by the CEO soon and plans for an official launch are underway.
 
OTHER NEWS FROM THE BOARD MEETING
New Vice Chairman
I’m delighted to announce that Cameron Brownjohn has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Board having joined us in July 2014. Cameron is currently Division Director of Macquarie Bank’s Corporate & Asset Finance division and has a passion for sport and community. Cameron replaces Michael Hogan who joined the Board in July 2012. Michael has stepped aside from the vice-chair role due to other commitments but will remain on the Board. We welcome Cameron to the new role and thank Michael for his outstanding contribution. Click here to meet the Board.
 
Governance Review
A comprehensive governance review of the organisation has been conducted by an external agency, with feedback gathered from a wide range of stakeholders across the organisation. From this review a number of recommendations have been agreed on and the Board has established an implementation committee to put these recommendations in place. Paramount to this will be a redraft of the Constitution. The governance review has been financed by a grant from the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and will allow us to meet the requirements from the ASC to be recognised as a National Sporting Organisation for Disability (NSOD).
 
Enhancing the Athlete Experience Across the Tasman
The Board were delighted to be joined by Kathy Gibson, CEO and Ian McKelvie, Chairman from Special Olympics New Zealand who share a wealth of experience within the Special Olympics Movement, both in New Zealand and abroad. They discussed the strategies and procedures that are bringing success to Special Olympics News Zealand and we have made a commitment to work more collaboratively for the greater benefit of athletes in our region. One of those benefits could be greater competition opportunities with events like the Trans Tasman Tournament which will next take place in Hamilton, New Zealand from 25-27 November 2016. This will be the third Trans Tasman Tournament with 120 Australian to take on their New Zealand counterparts in aquatics and athletics. Click here to find out more.
 
AGM Minutes
Based on advice from our members at the 2016 AGM, the 2015 AGM minutes have been revised slightly. Both the 2015 and 2016 AGM minutes are attached to this email. Please note that for some people these attachments may be located at the bottom left of this email.
 
FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
National IGA Promotion Starts Tomorrow!
Our long-term partner IGA is supporting our athletes with a three-week promotion in stores across the country. From 3-23 August 2016 sales of Community Chest products featured in the catalogue will help raise money for Special Olympics Australia. So encourage your family and friends to get down to their local IGA store and grab some great products. You may even meet some of our athletes who will be out and about at local stores shaking buckets or hosting sausage sizzles. If you don't catch them in person you'll catch our athletes in the catalogue! Click here for more information.
150 Days to Go!

150 Days to Go!

28/06/2016, Australia, Multi Sports, Australian Special Olympics, Article # 18409939

 

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150 Days to Go!
The countdown is on for 120 Aussie athletes with an intellectual disability who will go head to head with their New Zealand counterparts at the Trans Tasman Tournament from 25-27 November 2016. Athletes will compete in aquatics and athletics in Hamilton, New Zealand and everyone's getting excited! In this first edition of our Tournament newsletter you can meet the teams.
Just 150 days until the Trans Tasman Tournament gets underway in Hamilton!
The 2016 Trans Tasman Tournament logo.
Best buddies Charlie and Ben (L-R) from South Australia will both be competing at their first Trans Tasman Tournament.
Welcome to our new uniform supplier Valour Apparel.
Meet the Teams
To celebrate 150-days to go to the Trans Tasman Tournament we have officially released the names of the Australian champions who will wear their state/territory uniforms to compete in aquatics and athletics in New Zealand.
 
Please click here to meet the teams and if you want to help them make it across the Tasman you can also make a donation to an individual, team or the entire delegation.
 
The Event
This will be the third Tran Tasman Tournament between Special Olympics Australia and Special Olympics New Zealand. For a taste of what's ahead check out our archives from the Trans Tasman Tournament 2011 and the Trans Tasman Tournament 2012.
 
The Logo
Friendship across the Tasman is the theme for the 2016 Trans Tasman Tournament logo developed by Special Olympics New Zealand.
 
Edward and Chris Countdown
Special Olympics Australia athletes and employees Edward Smith and Chris Bunton will be counting down the days to the Games via Facebook. Like us on Facebook and stay up to date with the latest in Tournament news. Edward and Chris will compete in aquatics for NSW.
 
In the News
The Great Lakes Advocate are already on the journey supporting our Hunter Valley athletes. Click here to see the article.
Charlie and Ben Get Ready
Two athletes who are super-excited to be going  to their first Trans Tasman Tournament are best buddies Charlie and Ben who will represent South Australia – Charlie in aquatics and Ben in athletics.
 
Ben has a message for his New Zealand counterparts at the Trans Tasman Tournament, “I can't wait to be your friend, but I’m also going to beat you.” Charlie has some advice for his teammates too and that is, “Go. Go. Go!”. Read some of our athlete profiles at our website.
 
Valour Joins the Fold
Valour Apparel will provide the official uniforms for the majority of athletes and officials for the upcoming Trans Tasman Tournament in New Zealand and Team Australia for the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria.
 
Valour Apparel will be recognised as our Official Clothing Partner for national and international games.
 
Valour provide the latest in textile technology along with the highest quality garments.
 
“We are very proud to be the official clothing partner of Special Olympics Australia,” says Matthew Knight, Director, Valour Apparel. “Our principles are to collaborate with like-minded organisations that are passionate about participants being treated equally, building self-esteem and confidence and enhancing their everyday life. Being able to work with Special Olympics Australia is a perfect synergy.”
 
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
 
Sign Up
Get your friends and families to sign-up to this e-newsletter so that they can keep up to date with all the exciting Trans Tasman Tournament news. Click here to sign-up for photos, news and results.
 
Connect
Twitter: @SOAustralia
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Donate
Support our Australian sporting stars and help them succeed across the Tasman with a tax-deductible donation. Click here to donate to an individual athlete, a state/territory team or the entire delegation. 
 
 
 
Edition 1 | 150 Days To Go! | 28 June 2016
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150 Days to Go!
The countdown is on for 120 Aussie athletes with an intellectual disability who will go head to head with their New Zealand counterparts at the Trans Tasman Tournament from 25-27 November 2016. Athletes will compete in aquatics and athletics in Hamilton, New Zealand and everyone's getting excited! In this first edition of our Tournament newsletter you can meet the teams.
Just 150 days until the Trans Tasman Tournament gets underway in Hamilton!
The 2016 Trans Tasman Tournament logo.
Best buddies Charlie and Ben (L-R) from South Australia will both be competing at their first Trans Tasman Tournament.
Welcome to our new uniform supplier Valour Apparel.
Meet the Teams
To celebrate 150-days to go to the Trans Tasman Tournament we have officially released the names of the Australian champions who will wear their state/territory uniforms to compete in aquatics and athletics in New Zealand.
 
Please click here to meet the teams and if you want to help them make it across the Tasman you can also make a donation to an individual, team or the entire delegation.
 
The Event
This will be the third Tran Tasman Tournament between Special Olympics Australia and Special Olympics New Zealand. For a taste of what's ahead check out our archives from the Trans Tasman Tournament 2011 and the Trans Tasman Tournament 2012.
 
The Logo
Friendship across the Tasman is the theme for the 2016 Trans Tasman Tournament logo developed by Special Olympics New Zealand.
 
Edward and Chris Countdown
Special Olympics Australia athletes and employees Edward Smith and Chris Bunton will be counting down the days to the Games via Facebook. Like us on Facebook and stay up to date with the latest in Tournament news. Edward and Chris will compete in aquatics for NSW.
 
In the News
The Great Lakes Advocate are already on the journey supporting our Hunter Valley athletes. Click here to see the article.
Charlie and Ben Get Ready
Two athletes who are super-excited to be going  to their first Trans Tasman Tournament are best buddies Charlie and Ben who will represent South Australia – Charlie in aquatics and Ben in athletics.
 
Ben has a message for his New Zealand counterparts at the Trans Tasman Tournament, “I can't wait to be your friend, but I’m also going to beat you.” Charlie has some advice for his teammates too and that is, “Go. Go. Go!”. Read some of our athlete profiles at our website.
 
Valour Joins the Fold
Valour Apparel will provide the official uniforms for the majority of athletes and officials for the upcoming Trans Tasman Tournament in New Zealand and Team Australia for the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria.
 
Valour Apparel will be recognised as our Official Clothing Partner for national and international games.
 
Valour provide the latest in textile technology along with the highest quality garments.
 
“We are very proud to be the official clothing partner of Special Olympics Australia,” says Matthew Knight, Director, Valour Apparel. “Our principles are to collaborate with like-minded organisations that are passionate about participants being treated equally, building self-esteem and confidence and enhancing their everyday life. Being able to work with Special Olympics Australia is a perfect synergy.”
 
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
 
Sign Up
Get your friends and families to sign-up to this e-newsletter so that they can keep up to date with all the exciting Trans Tasman Tournament news. Click here to sign-up for photos, news and results.
 
Connect
Twitter: @SOAustralia
Instagram: @SOAustralia
You Tube: SpecOAustralia
 
 
Donate
Support our Australian sporting stars and help them succeed across the Tasman with a tax-deductible donation. Click here to donate to an individual athlete, a state/territory team or the entire delegation. 
 
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General Manager, Communications
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Edition 1 | 150 Days To Go! | 28 June 2016
From the CEO | Farewell

From the CEO | Farewell

16/02/2016, Australia, Multi Sports, Australian Special Olympics, Article # 16544763

 
Farewell!

Good evening everyone
 
This is my last message as CEO and it is with mixed emotions that I bid you farewell.
 
It has been a tough but terrific two years and I would like to thank all of you who supported me in my role as CEO with a special mention of the Board and Chairman Nigel Milan. 
 
I leave the organisation excited about my future and inspired by the athletes of Special Olympics Australia.
 
Special Olympics Australia athletes make the seemingly impossible, possible and their energy and optimism have brought me great joy personally and professionally. I am truly grateful to them and their families for sharing their stories of courage, hope and success with me.
 
I want to acknowledge the invaluable support given to Special Olympics Australia by its network of dedicated volunteers and thank all our partners for their much needed financial and in-kind support that makes so many things possible.
 
I wish every success to Corene Strauss the incoming CEO and the Board in continuing to consolidate and grow this important organisation so that everyone living with an intellectual disability has the opportunity to participate in sport
 
Special Olympics Australia has a critical role in building positive community attitudes towards people living with an intellectual disability and I leave know that it is well positioned to do so. 
 
Finally, from my family to yours, I leave you all with this Irish blessing:
 
May the road always rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
Until we meet again.
 
Warm regards
Nicola Stokes
Chief Executive Officer (February 2014-February 2016)
 

16 February 2016 
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