Monday 20th to Friday 24th of October was a normal week for most of us, but for others it was the culmination of months, even years, of hard work and training.
The Special Olympics provides year round sports training and competition to children and adults with an intellectual disability in a variety of Olympic-type events. It gives the opportunity to develop fitness and build relationships with teammates, friends, family and community, as well as overcome personal challenges.
Like the Olympic games, the national and international competitions of the Special Olympics only happen every four years, with athletes preparing often years in advance.
The 2014 Special Olympics National Games were held in Melbourne and featured a number of Central students competing as part of Team WA. These were:
Eric Wyatt – Basketball
Lynett Kinrade – Soccer
Bradley turner – Softball
Scott Bell – Ten Pin Bowling
Matias Silva – Basketball
Geoffrey Holloway – Aquatics
Peter Furnell – Aquatics
Brendon Masters – Soccer
The National Special Olympic Games not only gives intellectually disabled people the opportunity to compete with interstate rivals, but also the chance to compete in the Pan Pacific Games and the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles next year.
Team WA competed in a range of sports including, Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Soccer, Softball and Tennis.
The athletes arrived home to a warm welcome on the Saturday. While a few of the athletes were sporting medals round their necks; all of the participants were greeted at the airport with a proud, crowded fanfare of parents and friends celebrating their return.