Today marks the first day of competition for the 10th Special Olympics National Games in Melbourne. With over 1,000 athletes of all abilities competing in 16 Olympic-type sports in Australia's sporting capital, this years Games are set to be the biggest yet!
One of those talented athletes is Skye Cameron from Frankston, as she squares off against other state teams this week, representing Victoria in basketball at the national games.
Ms Cameron, 19, has a learning disability but said it didn’t hold her back from playing the sport or meeting new people. “I enjoy the amount of people you can become friends with, even if they’re not in your team or in your region,” she said. “When our team isn’t playing we go support the other team players and socialise with different people. “Our athletes’ oath for the Special Olympics is ‘let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt’.”
Ms Cameron said the Victorian team would love as much support as possible during the games since the events were free, except for the opening and closing ceremonies. The basketball is being played at MSAC.
Thye games run from today until October 25th, with most sports taking place at Albert Park.
If there is one thing for you to put on your 'to do' list this week, it is to get down and show your support to the athletes, and enjoy all that the Games have to offer!
See their website for all the details: http://www.specialolympics.com.au/nationalgames2014
*Article courtesy of Mornington Peninsular Leader
*Photo courtesy of Tanya Fry