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SO, Word from the WEST

SOWA welcomes, farewells, thanks and congratulates…

June 2013

Special Olympics WA Kimberley Region Following a highly successful trip to Broome by SOWA representatives, a Special Olympics Western Australia Kimberley region has been formed. The visit commenced with a public forum which was well received by parents and community members. The following day saw a hive of activity with three schools participating in a Community Sports-Link Ribbon Day. The grassroots skills day acted as a platform to further sporting activity for the children at local clubs. Broome embraced the proposal for SOWA to commence operations within the region. With the support from Department of Sport & Recreation; Disability Services Commission; KIFSA and the City of Broome, the region will commence operations and programs in July/August with the SOWA October State Games in their sights. Thanks Broome, we are thrilled to have you on board.

SOWA Volunteers acknowledged Western Australia’s Governor, His Excellency Malcolm McCusker and Mrs Tonya McCusker visited the Goldfields community recently. Whilst in Kalgoorlie the McCusker’s hosted a civic reception for community leaders to attend. Our very own Dot Shipard OAM was invited to meet the McCusker’s as a result of her dedication to supporting children and adults with disabilities in the Goldfields. Dot was the founder of the Goldfields Disabled Sporting Association and introduced the members to Special Olympics. In her 20 years of service to delivering sporting programs to people with disabilities, Dot has changed the lives of so many children and adults living with disabilities in the Goldfields community.

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SO, Word from the West NIB Stadium Football Over the Tournament last term, nearly 100 students enjoyed the experience of developing some skills in soccer, thanks to the support from Football West and SEDA. Eight schools initially participated in the skills morning as part of the SOWA Community Sports-Link Skills Day. The students then continued the training back at school over the term.

June 2013 Broome

Community Sports-Link Program June 2013

After two years of planning, SOWA extended invitations to local schools in Broome to participate in a Community Sports-Link Ribbon Day. Held at the Broome Recreation & Aquatic Centre, the students experienced the joy of a Law Enforcement Torch Run as well as four sports rotations. Students from Roebuck Primary School; St Mary’s Broome and Broome Primary School all enjoyed the comradery of sport, competition and social interaction, developing grassroots skills in soccer, basketball and tabloid sports.

The conclusion of the Soccer program was held at the NIB stadium. All the schools returned for a round robin of games, playing on the home ground of the Perth Glory. The students were also fortunate to meet Glory Women’s Captain, Katie Gill who imparted some wise words of advice to the students about their pursuits in Football.

The day was capped with students interviewed by GWN; ABC Radio and the Broome Echo newspaper. Thanks Broome – we will be back!

Bunbury With the support from Football West; WACA; WADSA and SW Institute of Technology, SOWA hosted a highly successful CSL Day in Bunbury. 97 students enjoyed the reenactment of the Olympic torch run followed by 7 sport rotations. The interactions between local primary & high school students resulted in a fun and high energy day, experiencing sport & activity.


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Meet the SOWA Board

June 2013

For full description of the SOWA board, go to www.specialolympics.co m.au/wa

Dr. Fiona Wood Patron

2013 Special Olympics Perth Metro North Committee

Paresh Ghandi - Chair

Alan Wright - Treasurer

Rose Hartley Uniform Coordinator

Mitchell Brown Assistant Treasurer

Adam Kelly – Secretary

Michelle Silver Athlete Rep

Dee Furnell


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June 2013

SOWA & Football West Celebrate For the third year running, Special Olympics WA and industry partner Football West united to deliver “Football Week” for interested players with disabilities.

2013 Football Week

The week kicked off with the pinnacle of the Special Olympics Community Sports-Link Soccer eight week program. 61 students prepared throughout the term for a tournament held at NIB Stadium with teams challenging for the opportunity to compete on the home grounds of Perth Glory. The week concluded with unified matches between Special Olympics, Paralympics and Equal Footingball players. With fierce competition on the grounds, the games assisted players competing at the Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Games in Newcastle in December to prepare.

EveryBody’s Basketball June 2013

Special Olympics Perth Metro North were represented by the Joondalup Basketball program and the Mirrabooka SHS Basketball program players at the recent Basketball WA “Everybody’s Game Tournament” held at the Basketball WA stadium. Our 20 players competed fiercely against opposing teams from Westrise; ROADS and Rockingham. The afternoon of games was an opportunity for players to increase self-confidence, improve on skills and develop game tactics. Thomas & Eric both made the ALL Star Team and Thomas also got named Best Team Player – a well deserved accolade.

Athlete Leadership Program Family Album


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June 2013

SOWA State Games 2013 11/12/13 October Pinjarra, Western Australia The annual State Games weekend will be held in October in the Shire of Murray. Teams will be accommodated at Fairbridge Village.

Golf Program 2013

http://www.fairbridge.asn.au/ The weekend of activity will include sports, entertainment and Opening and Closing Ceremonies. ALL SOWA SPORTS WILL BE ON OFFER

The Golf Program’s 3rd & 4th term lessons is open to new and current players and will commence on: Monday: 8th July (8 weeks only) Monday: 30th September (8 weeks only) MARANGAROO GOLF COURSE, Aylesford Drive, MARANGAROO 4pm to 5pm

The State Games will be the qualifying event for the 2014 National Games being held in Melbourne, Victoria $250.00 per athlete Registered athletes and volunteers will receive SOWA State Games information in July.

The cost for each session will be $10.00.

Dates to remember:

SO Celebrates 2013

3rd TERM: July: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, August: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 4th TERM: September: 30th October: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, November: 4th, 11th, 18th, WADSA Golf Championships: Friday 6th September SOWA State Games: 11/12/13 October We hope you will all attend these days and enjoy the competition Each lesson will run for 1 hour under the supervision of a professional golf coach Contact: Lindsay Murphy: 0438 411 804 lmurphyatstanley@bigpond.com or Margaret Bush: 0403 313582 mjbush@internode.on.net

Wednesday 27th November 5.30pm to 7.30pm Come and join in the celebrations of Special Olympics WA to acknowledge the achievements of 2013;      

2013 Annual State Awards Farewell Asia-Pacific Games Team Graduate ALPs Canberra Centenary Aquatics Championships State of Origin Challenge Macau Golf Tournament


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June 2013 Proudly printed by: Mr. LUKE SIMPKINS Federal Member for Cowan

DATE

EVENT

SPORTS

VENUE

SOWA Board Meeting

SOWA Board

SOWA State Office

JULY 2nd 3

rd

5th

Metro South Public Forum SAS Barracks Tour

ALPs

Campbell Barracks

20

th

Football Training

Football

Coker Park, Cannington

25

th

Community Sports-Link Skills Day

Cricket

Joondalup Arena

27/28

Equestrian Training

Equestrian

Brigadoon

29th

South-West Public Forum

29

th

City of Bunbury

Community Sports-Link Ribbon Day

Multi

Armadale Arena

1st

Community Sports-Link Skills Day

Cricket

Murdoch University

6th

SOWA Board Meeting

SOWA Board

SOWA State Office

10th

WADSA Aquatics

Aquatics

Challenge Stadium

10/11th

Bunbury Regional Tournament

Tenpin Bowling

Bunbury

10/11th

RDAWA Training Weekend

Equestrian

RDAWA

16th

TMA Sports Lunch

17th

Football Training

Football

Coker Park, Cannington

17

th

Athlete Leadership Program Training

ALPs

St George’s College

18

th

Volunteer Training Day

ALL

Dept Sport & Rec

25

th

Everybody’s Game Tournament

Basketball

Basketball WA

AUGUST

Hyatt Regency Hotel

SEPTEMBER 6th

WADSA Golf Tournament

Golf

Melville Glades

11

th

SOPMS Launch

SOPMS

TBA

17

th

Board Meeting

SOWA Board

SOWA State Office

19th

Community Sports-Link Cricket Carnival Day

Cricket

WACA

22nd

EKS Day

ALL

Pinjarra

Board Meeting

SOWA Board

SOWA State Office

Community Sports-Link Ribbon Day

Multi-Sport

Kwinana Recquatic Centre

OCTOBER 11/12/13

SOWA State Games

19/20

Telethon

22

nd

31st NOVEMBER 17th

Everybody’s Game Tournament

Basketball

Basketball WA Stadium

22

nd

Community Sports-Link Ribbon Day

Multi-Sport

Joondalup Arena

26

th

Board Meeting

SOWA Board

SOWA State Office

27th

SO Celebrates

ALL

TBA

28th

Asia-Pacific Games Team Depart

APG

Newcastle, NSW

SOWA Newsletter June 2013  

Special Olympics Western Australia Newsletter for June 2013.