Matt Pascoe in the men’s 200m sprint.
Matt Pascoe in the men’s 200m sprint.

Bundaberg's Special Olympics leaves spectators inspired

THE I Can 2 carnival for athletes with a disability has again left Bundaberg Special Olympics secretary Sylvia McNamara inspired.

"It's rewarding to see athletes with disabilities getting an opportunity, it really makes you feel like you're doing something worthwhile," she said.

Started in 2014, the event was held for the second time on Saturday at the Bundaberg Regional Athletics.

Chris Nicholls throws the discus.
Chris Nicholls throws the discus.

Ms McNamara said the event was a 'come and try' day for anyone with a disability who was interested in athletics.

She said the day was a great opportunity for athletes to get recognition for their incredible talents.

"It's so hard for these athletes to go to Brisbane just for a sporting event," she said.

Fern Dunshea tries the long jump.
Fern Dunshea tries the long jump.

"Their parents are running themselves ragged all the time doing extra things because they can't do it all for themselves.

"And (travelling for events) is just an extra burden for them so they don't often get the opportunity."

She said some athletes' ability blew her away.

Jason Dixon sprints in the men’s 200m.
Jason Dixon sprints in the men’s 200m.

"We had one girl who came out yesterday from Bargara and she threw 31m in the discus," she said.

"And she's sight-impaired so that was really good."

Tom Massingham competes in the discus.
Tom Massingham competes in the discus.

Ms McNamara said numbers were down at the event this year and it unfortunately ran at a loss.

For I Can 2 to run again in 2016, Ms McNamara said they would need to look at seeking sponsorship for the community event.


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