Gympie athletes ready to shine
GYMPIE Special Olympics athletes representing Australia at the World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, attend a training camp this weekend.
Athletes from Gympie selected to wear the green and gold next year include Elijah Bond, Michelle Cotter, Kimberley Langton and Stephen O’May
The four gained Australian selection after outstanding performances at national competition earlier this year.
The training camp will be held at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen and is the only time the full team of 131 athletes come together from around Australia to prepare for the Special Olympics World Summer Games.
As the largest event on the international sporting calendar next year, the World Summer Games will attract 7500 athletes from 185 countries.
But the trip to Greece to compete comes at a considerable cost and fellow Special Olympics athlete Ashlee Campbell, himself chosen to represent Australia for soccer in East Timor just recently, has stepped forward to lend a helping hand.
Campbell has received a cricket bat, kindly donated by the Commonwealth Bank, signed by both the Australian and West Indies cricket teams.
The athlete is conducting a raffle with the bat and all proceeds raised will be used to help the four Gympie athletes bound for Greece meet the costs of competing.
Tickets for the bat, on display at the Gympie Ten Pin Bowling Centre, can be purchased for $2 each at the venue.
The winner of the rare piece of memorabilia will be announced at the Gympie Special Olympics Christmas party.