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Welcome to the second edition of Blues Informer. We hope you all enjoy the new monthly newsletter that is to assist in the communication to all Regions, Volunteers, Athletes & Parents within NSW. We hope you look forward to receiving this newsletter each month.

2012 TRANS TASMAN GAMES along with NZ. “I’m looking Six Special Olympics Football forward to all of it,” said Brett players from the South Coast Bottle of Moruya. have been selected to play in the NSW representative team competing at the Trans Tasman Tournament being held in Wellington New Zealand from 2-6 November 2011. “We’re very excited that our players have made the NSW squad following games selection trials in Orange earlier this year, “ said Trin Taber, SO South Coast’s Football coordinator. There are three from the Bega area (Chris Fulljames, Stephen Bragg and Mitchell Porteous) and three from Eurobodalla (Madison Howard-Windley, Ben Dixon and Brett Bottle). It’s the first time that representative SO teams have competed in NZ and for many of the Football players, it will also be their first time flying experience and trip away from Australia. Teams from all Australian States and Territories will be competing

Madison Howard-Windley

Mitchell Porteous

NSW Special Olympics Football team for the Trans Tasman Games. L to R front row Mitchell Porteous, Madison Howard-Windley, Ben Dixon, Reegan Stanireginald, Stephen Bragg, back row, coach Tamara Dickson, Head of Delegation Matt Jones, Chris Fulljames, Brett Bottle

Ben Dixon

Stephen Bragg

Special Olympics NSW - SOP Golf Centre, 1 Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park - Tel: 02 8889 3606 | Fax: 02 8889 3615

NSW BOARD MEMBERS Peter Wren Chairman

Michael Frost Adam Bannon Dipen Dhruv

Ange Clarke

Mike Williamson

Trin Taber

Mary Greig

Brig Lorenz

Ellena Morris


Board Member

Board Member

ALPS Coordinator

Sports Coordinator

Board Member

Board Member

Vice Chairman


Each month we will do a story on each NSW Board member and this week we speaking with, “Since being in SOs, our Michael Frost and has held this position family has travelled to Vice Chairman for the last 5 years. Prior SONSW to becoming the Chairall parts of NSW, QLD, SA man, he held the position and China with Joshua’s of Secretary. It is a busy sport. We have made many This month we meet with household as Michael’s friends from all differMichael Frost, who is the wife Denise is the Regional ent regions that we go to Vice Chairman of Special Registrar & Sports Coordiwith Joshua’s sport. It has Olympics NSW. Michael has nator. helped our son Joshua been with Special OlymTheir Son Joshua has been with his ALP and sporting pics NSW for 9 years and an Athlete with Special involvements being a part is the current Chairman of Olympics for the last 9 of SOs.” the Sydney West Region years. Michael stated

NSW Regional Governance Training

Julie Stafford Sports NSW

“Julie Stafford from Sports NSW is coming to an end to the Governance Training for NSW Regional Committees. Julie loved visiting our regions and says “The work , commitment and dedication that your volunteers all display never ceases to

iimpress me. I was warmly l welcomed and feel that each volunteer group found the workshops to be very useful. In some cases, they were merely a reminder of what good things they are already doing, in other cases – a good starting reference point”. As Education Manager with the NSW Sports Federation, Julie meets with lots or sports organisations. With regard to Special Olympics, she felt that our diverse volunteer regions all valued SOA investing in some training for them and they all expressed an inter-

estt iin future workshops. f t kh She said “it is certainly more advantageous to go to each Region to address their particular issues , rather than get a few delegates coming to Sydney”. Julie also commented that regions appreciated “the ‘personal’ visits by Neville and Andrew as they felt far more connected with the State Office.” If you would like to suggest future training sessions for your region, please contact either Neville Bajzath or Andrew Sadleir.”

2012 Shoalhaven State Games The NSW Multi Sport State Games 2012 will be a multisport event held in Shoalhaven on April 27th, 28th & 29th 2012. Members of the NSW Board in early October visited potential venues in the area to provide advice to the Board and SOA on

the feasibility of some sports being hosted. The NSW Board has recommended that the following sports take place: Golf, Tennis, Football, Basketball and Short Course Swimming. More details will be provided to regions in the

coming weeks/months. All other sports will remain as standalone State Events. “This will give the Athletes an exciting Olympic type opportunity and a great social opportunity for athletes and families to interact” Bring it on!

NSW Board Meeting October 2011 Information The most recent NSW Board meeting was held on Saturday 15th October 2011. The following is provided to Regions for their information: State Selection Panel Recruitment is currently underway for a State Selection Panel. It is hoped that this panel will be in place to provide selection recommendations prior the Junior National Games Training Weekend: It is planned to have a training weekend in February 2012 for Regional Volunteers to offer a range of short training courses and workshops including Writing Winning Grants, Effective Media Releases etc. Training More information will be made available soon. The suggested dates were February 11th 2012 - Port Macquarie & February 18th 2012 in Sydney. Athlete Representative: Interviews are being held in November for the Athlete Representative, with the successful applicant beginning in the role at the NSW Board Meeting in December Sub Commi ees: The NSW Board voted on the establishment of various sub-committees at the October meeting to streamline efforts in certain areas. The newly formed sub-committees that were established are: Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee and a Sports and Major Events Committee. Contact: For more information or to provide feedback to the NSW Board please email: au or contact the State Office on the number below.

Special Olympics NSW - SOP Golf Centre, 1 Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park - Tel: 02 8889 3606 | Fax: 02 8889 3615


David Streichler Sponsorship & Fundraising Manager Special Olympics NSW

David Streichler joined Special Olympics NSW team in October 2010 as the Sponsorship and Fundraising Manager. He has worked closely with Michael Frost in the successful running of the LETR Plane Pull which was recently run at Richmond Air Base. David was instrumental in setting up SONSW to be a partner in the Roosters Charity Nest with Steggles and Sydney Roosters NRL.

Recently David worked in conjuntion with Gloria Jeans Coffee, and at their Charity Golf Day, they managed to raised a huge total of $37,843 for Special Olympics NSW.

assists them by organising speaking opportunities where they become Key Speakers to functions of different audiences that assists in gaining high visability for Special Olympics.

David also works in close with our Athletes and

Community Sports Link h things... WELL DONE!!

Kristen Fitzpatrick Community Development Co-ordinator

On 28th September a Gymnastics and Basketball skills session was held at Marrickville PCYC. Coaches from Tri-Skills with the support and direction of Natalie Johnston introduced athletes to trampolining, air-gym and apparatus such as the beam, bar, mini-tramps and mat work. A basketball session was also held with the support from coaches form Sydney uni Sport and fitness and Special Olympics coach Alan Veeskens. Athletes really extended themselves and took risks in trying new

Group member Disability Services were invited to participate in a Bocce and Basketball skills session on October 20th. Five Disability services attended, training on the rules of the games and practicing skills and drills was the focus of the event. Thanks to our Special Olympics coaches Mary Greig, Alan Veeskens, David Cabello and Cheree Mills and also Adam from Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness. Athletes from these groups and others are preparing for a competition Gala event on WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 30th at Marrickville PCYC. All welcome to attend as part of the DON’T-Dis-myAbility campaign.

NEXT EVENTS: WEDNESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER- Disability Services Basketball and Bocce Gala CompetitionMarrickville PCYC SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER- Football Fun Event at Jellico Park, Pagewood If you are interested in attending and/or volunteering at one of the events please contact Kristen at kristenf@ or ph- 0424 185 565

Hawkesbury Radio Andrew Mujunen and I were interviewed last Wednesday for 45 minutes on air. The station is considering a phone in your request promotion and your $5 donation goes to SO. This is being presented to the stations management team. Steggles & Roosters Relationship The relationship between SO, Steggles and The Roosters has seen 2 cheques deposited into the NSW account recently to the amount of $41,000. Another cheque for $30,060 will arrive in the next week.

Rotary Health Golf Day Rotary Health agreed to invite Special Olympics NSW to participate in their inaugural Corporate Golf Day . The day was a huge success which allowed Special Olympics athletes to present to the corporate guests participating. Although no funds from this event have been allocated to Special Olympics, the agreement in principle is to gauge the response from this event then 2012 will become a joint Rotary Health & Special Olympics NSW Charity Golf day. Special Olympics was represented by Rex Langthorne, Steve Robson, David Streichler & Barry Killum.


Special Olympics NSW - SOP Golf Centre, 1 Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park - Tel: 02 8889 3606 | Fax: 02 8889 3615

Chris Hendry recently attended the State Ten Pin Bowling at Rutherford. Chris has been involved in Special Olympics for over 10 years. He has represented NSW in two National Games in athletics and the highlight of his achievements to date was representing Australia in the 2007 World Games in China were he won two

silver medals in athletics. Although Chris has been bowling with Special Olympics for over 10 years he has recently turned his attention to making Ten Pin bowling his priority sport.

but continued to bowl with scores of 156, 125 and 130 winning a gold medal in the singles. After a good nights rest on Saturday night on Sunday in the Teams he was on top of his game with six strikes and a He bowls weekly at Balscore of 107, 206 and 113 lina Bowls with a disabled plus a gold medal. Chris’s group and took on extra six strikes in a row were a practice and tuition leading personal best for him, his into the state competition. first ever in competition. He continued on Monday On Day one of the compe- in the doubles with scores tition Chris was hindered of 145, 141 and 110 winby a severe “epileptic turn” ning a silver medal.

OCTOBER PERSONAL BEST HEROES State Ten Pin Bowling Titles Rutherford

Brendan Borger competed in the State Ten Pin Bowling at Rutherford along with other Tweed athletes Susan Phillip and Chris Hendry. Brendan has been participating in Special Olympics for over 22 years. He has represented NSW in six National Games five

in swimming and one in golf. Brendan was fortunate enough to represent Australia in the 2003 World Games held in Ireland winning two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal in his most favoured sport swimming.

and is considering competing again in swimming if he can get his fitness levels back up. Brendan has been bowling for over 20 years and bowls at Tweed Heads Ten Pin Bowling Centre every second week. His competition at the recent Ten Pin Bowling State Titles Brendan currently comwinning three gold medals petes and practices more was a personal best at ten regularly at golf, but has re- pin bowling. cently returned to the pool Well done Brendan.

Denise McWhirter MID NORTH COAST 3 x GOLD MEDALS Singles Division F15 - Score 665 Doubles Division F7 - Score 613 Teams Division F3 - Score 641

Brendan Borger TWEED 3 x GOLD MEDALS Singles Division M13 - Score 645 Doubles Division M1 - Score 700 Teams Mixed Division 3 - Score 613

Analise Fadeev SYDNEY NORTH 3 x GOLD MEDALS Singles Ramp - Score 546 Doubles Division 1 - Score 594 Teams Mixed Division 2 - Score 656

George Kerry Macarthur Ten Pin Athletes at State Titles

Mid North Coast Ten Pin Athletes at State Titles

If you have a story to promote your Region, Athlete or Volunteer, please email this information to Neville Bajzath Regional Manager NNSW on Subjet: Blues Informer Story I would like to start to doing a Regional Profile each month showcasing a different region with information on Athletes, Volunteers and the Region itself.

MID NORTH COAST 3 x GOLD MEDALS Singles Division MO4 - Score 679 Doubles Division M5 - Score 662 Teams Division M6- Score 614 Congratulations to the athletes above who all won gold in all of their events.

Sydney North Ten Pin Athletes at State Titles

Special Olympics NSW - SOP Golf Centre, 1 Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park - Tel: 02 8889 3606 | Fax: 02 8889 3615

NOVEMBER 03-05 05-06 07 12-13 13 18 19-20 20 27 30

SO NZ TRANS TASMAN Basketball and Football NSWTBA Tenpin Bowling State Disability Championships SONSW/Flinders Tenpin Bowling Day Program Competition SO ACT Multi-Sport Weekend – Basketball, Football, Golf Flinders Tenpin Bowling Regional Competition Upper North Shore SOUNS/Abbotsleigh Inter-schools Carnival Mid North Coast Tenpin Bowling Regional Competition Hunter Valley Aquatics Regional Competition Gymnastics NSW Gymnastics State Competition SONSW Bocce & Basketball Gala Day for Disability Services

DECEMBER 03-04 04 10

Futsal NSW Central Coast Sydney Inner West

Football Gala weekend Tennis Regional Competition Football Regional Competition

This calendar is accurate at the time of print, but you should always check with your Regional Sports Coordinator to confirm venues, dates and times.

JUDY BUCKLEY MEMORIAL GOLF DAY In honour of our Golf and 10 Pin Bowling Coach – Judy Buckley, Special Olympics Sydney Northern will be hosting the ‘Judy Buckley Memorial Golf Day and BBQ Lunch on Friday 24th February at Long Reef Golf Club . The day is being held to raise funds to assist all of our athletes in the cost of competing in competitions - including transport, accommodation and uniforms. It is a community golf day for families, friends, volunteers and supporters of our region.


LONG REEF GOLF CLUB Friday, 24th February Special Olympics provide the opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to participate in year round sports training and competition. Special Olympics Sydney Northern region currently supports and provides opportunity for 140 athletes in 10 sports with weekly training and regular competition.

GOLF DETAILS Event: 4Ball Best Ball

Judy was a long standing supporter of Special Olympics, taking on the role of Golf Coordinator and Coach, and 10 Pin Bowling Coach. Judy was part of the SONSW Golf team, who competed in Adelaide at the 2010 SO National Games. We are honoured that Judy’s family has agreed to for us to host this event in her name.

Time: 8.00am Shotgun start, Registration from 7.00am incl. light breakfast (Bacon & Egg Roll, tea and coffee). Round of Golf: $80.00 (incl. lunch) Hole Sponsorship: $500. Cost includes Golf for 4 (incl. lunch), 2 carts, signage on designated hole, acknowledgement on communications.

Booking [...] Yes I wish to play ($80) [...] Yes I wish to register a team of 4 ($320) [...] Yes I wish to register a team of 4 and sponsor a hole ($500) Player Name


Mobile Phone no.

Email Address

Your support will ensure that this day is a success. For any further information, please contact Special Olympics Sydney Northern C/O - The Secretary PO Box 486 Collaroy NSW 2097 or contact Ms. Lorraine Clark 02 9970 7370

Payment required by Monday 20th February by direct deposit or credit card. Direct Deposit: BSB: 032 078 A/C No.: 534834 A/C Name: Special Olympics Sydney Northern Region Credit Card: Please debit my Visa / Mastercard / Amex for $ ______________________________________ CC Number: _____________________________________ Expiry Date: ______/___________ Name on Card: ___________________________________ Signature: ___________________

Special Olympics NSW - SOP Golf Centre, 1 Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park - Tel: 02 8889 3606 | Fax: 02 8889 3615

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