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Aussie Special Olympians outstanding at World Winter Games



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SENATOR DON FARRELL

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SENATOR CAROL BROWN SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY AND CARERS SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

AUSSIE SPECIAL OLYMPIANS OUTSTANDING AT WORLD WINTER GAMES

Labor congratulates Australia’s Special Olympians who today returned from the World Winter Games held in Austria with a swag of medals.

The Australian team of just 12 athletes won ten medals - two gold, four silver and four bronze - and 14 place ribbons in alpine skiing and snowboarding.

This incredible result on the world stage by Australia’s athletes, coaches and volunteers came in what was only the second time that Australia has competed in snow sports at a Special Olympics World Winter Games.

The Special Olympics highlights the importance of inclusion and promoting sport for people with disability. The Games in Austria attracted nearly 3000 athletes from more than 100 countries, who competed in nine winter sports.

We congratulate the Australian team on their fantastic achievements in its two disciplines.

Team Australia are:

David Campion, 31, Snowboarding, ACT

Sara Molloy, 28, Alpine skiing, VIC

Alex Cherny, 20, Alpine skiing, VIC

Craig Muhlbock, 32, Snowboarding, NSW

Luke Forster, 33, Alpine skiing, QLD

Ben Pearce, 35, Alpine skiing, VIC

Brenton Heslehurst, 30, Alpine skiing, QLD

Perrin Richardson, 21, Alpine skiing, VIC

Amanda Kozik, 33, Alpine skiing, VIC

Kristian Sandercoe, 29, Alpine skiing, ACT

Shaun McKee, 26, Alpine skiing, QLD

Olivia Sayers, 30, Alpine skiing, VIC

MONDAY, 27 MARCH 2017

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