The Kerryn McCann Athletics Track in Wollongong will play host tomorrow, Thursday October 26 to over 240 competitors from across the state when local Employment and Disability Support Service, Essential Employment and Training (EET) host their 10th annual Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics for people with disability.
The Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery will be opening the event at approximately 10.30am with racing and medal presentations kicking off shortly afterwards.
The Illawarra’s largest sporting event for people with disability offers something for everyone, with competitors having a chance to strut their stuff in a variety of specially designed track and field events including Shot Put, Vortex Throw, Long Jump and High Jump through to the 400m and the blue ribbon 100m sprint.
If competing isn’t your style then there is plenty to do away from the track; you can get your face painted, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the sporting action.
This is not your average sporting event, so what’s different?
Well, for one it enjoys huge support from the local community and is largely run by volunteers from local government, businesses, schools, media and community organisations.
And two, the all important and empowering buddy system.
EET CEO Amanda Calwell-Smith explains, “We are fortunate to have some very supportive local high schools that provide us with students each year to act as buddies for each competitor.
“When we buddy up students and competitors at the beginning of the event they don’t know each other but as the day progresses they chat, build a rapport and form a bond - it’s great to see.
“The buddy system really adds something extra to each person’s experience and everyone goes home having made a new friend.”
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The Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics is more than a sporting event, it is a day that celebrates diversity, broadens perspectives and enriches the community, but it could be said that its greatest achievement is a very simple one - putting smiles on faces.
It’s all about enjoying yourself and having a go in a fun environment.
Essential Employment and Training welcomes all to this community event, so if you would like to see what it’s all about get down to Beaton Park tomorrow, Thursday October 26 from 10am.
For further information go to http://eetgroup.com.au/events/mini-olympics/