On 4 December 2016 the inaugural Dream Ride Australia was held. Motoring enthusiasts came together to have fun and raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Australia. Five Dream Rides featuring luxury car brands and two Dream Rides featuring motorbikes from around NSW made their way to Sydney Motorsport Park where they completed a lap of honour around the famous track. The event ran alongside MotorWorld Sydney - Australia's biggest drive experience - and is the first of its kind in Australia.
All funds raised from Dream Ride 2016 will help Special Olympics Australia provide sports opportunities for people with an intellectual disability so that they can get fit, have fun and make friends. Thanks for your support!
We have hundreds of photos across all the Dream Ride venues. Click here to view the photo albums and make sure to check back as we add more to the collection.
Re-live all the action from the Dream Ride in our video highlights packages. Click here to visit our YouTube channel.
The Dream Ride featured exciting activities for all members of the public:
Special Olympics Australia volunteers provide sports opportunities for all people with an intellectual disability regardless of their skills, and they do this every week in communities right across Australia.
While some Special Olympics athletes strive to win medals, others enjoy the chance to get active, have fun, make friends and be part of a family. Whatever their motivation, we cater for them by providing meaningful sports programs delivered within a supportive environment where people with an intellectual disability are accepted and can feel proud.
People with an intellectual disability are often ridiculed, misunderstood, isolated or simply ignored. Yet, with the understanding and support of Special Olympics they discover the skills that allow them to improve their health, develop self-confidence and bring joy to themselves, their families and their community.
You can help us give more people with an intellectual disability a chance to achieve their personal best. Learn more about Special Olympics, be inspired by our athletes or best of all, get involved!
To find out more about Special Olympics Australia please visit specialolympics.com.au.
We were proud to be supported by two outstanding ambassadors for the 2016 Dream Ride in Australia, Ten Network news reader Sandra Sully and WSFM's breakfast radio host Brendan Jones!
Sandra Sully has cemented herself as one of the most recognisable faces on Australian Television. To viewers she is an absolute delight, a professional journalist with the expertise to transcend the ‘read’ and really ‘tell’ the story with warmth, sincerity and the ability to be objective at all times. Sandra is enjoying her 15th year as the national anchor for Network Ten’s Late News with Sports Tonight. As well as presenting, she is also the show’s Senior Editor and plays an integral role in producing and compiling the bulletin. Sandra’s versatility has enabled her to cover numerous events for the network including becoming the first woman to co-host Australia’s national iconic sporting event, The Melbourne Cup and was part of the coverage for seven years. She also hosted the prestigious Australian of the Year Awards with the Prime Minister for five years in the National Capital and, prior to that, the Young Australian of the Year Awards. Coupled with this, Sandra co-hosted Good Morning Australia in 1992 and was co-anchor for the FIRST AT FIVE news hour in 1993.
Brendan Jones is well known as co-host of WSFM’s number one breakfast radio show Jonesy and Amanda in the Morning. He started his radio career on community station 2BCR Bankstown and his big radio break came in 1990 with a night job at 6KA Karratha. This was followed by 2NM Muswellbrook, i98fm Wollongong, B105 Brisbane, Triple M Brisbane and Triple M Sydney where he achieved the highest daytime rating for the station. Brendan has won four Australian Commercial Radio Awards and been nominated for six in total, including three for Best On-Air Radio Team. Jonesy and Amanda are also hosts of My Generation which is aired on ninety-seven stations nationally each week. Brendan makes regular appearances on the daytime television chat show Mornings. He has also appeared on The Trophy Room, Campaign, The Today show and The Morning Show on 7, as well as Joker Poker, The Footy Show, The Project and the popular culture show 20 to 1. Jones featured in the TV Series Housos as a journalist, a role he also played in Fat Pizza and the feature film Fat Pizza vs Housos. Brendan, who is a keen motorbike enthusiast, writes a monthly column for Two Wheels Magazine.