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Special Olympics Australia announces Chairman for 2018 National Games

Tuesday 8 February 2017

Special Olympics Australia has announced Jehad Rasheed as its Chairman for the Special Olympics Australia National Games, to be held in April 2018.

Since 2009, Mr Rasheed has been a powerful advocate for Special Olympics Australia. He joined the Board of Special Olympics South Australia in 2010, has personally raised $40,000 to celebrate the organisation’s 40th anniversary and provided merchandise and onsite support for thousands of athletes, families and volunteers attending the 2010 National Games.

Click here to find out more about the Chairman.

The first inclusive Games logo

Thursday 27 October 2016

The 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games logo was co-created by Henry Smith from Taste Creative and renowned artist and former Special Olympics Australia athlete Digby Webster. Digby is known for his bold and colourful oil pastel and ink artwork and has had his artwork showcased in an impressive number of exhibitions across the country.

The logo silhouette captures the joy of movement that comes from sport. The triumphant stance evokes expressions from sport: a victorious athlete crossing the finish line, slam-dunking of a basketball, leaping for joy or cheering on from the sidelines. It captures the joy, enthusiasm and celebration of Special Olympics Australia while also referencing a flickering flame, a nurturing hand of support and a heart.

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Athlete message

“The National Games will showcase the talents, skills, dedication and achievements of the athletes of Special Olympics Australia. Competitions, like the National Games, mean a lot to athletes. They make them feel valued and gives them a place to belong as part of a team and as part of the worldwide Special Olympics family. Fantastic memories that will stick forever and new friendships that will last a lifetime will be made at these Games. Athletes will be brave in their attempts and will take pride in showing Australia what they can accomplish with understanding and encouragement. Please support us on this exciting journey that will culminate in a fantastic celebration of ability in Adelaide.”

 

Lachlan Woollett, Board Member and athlete

Lachlan from Adelaide has over a decade of success on the sporting field and now he’s leading the way off the field as a Board Member for the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Lachlan is familiar with the thrill of the National Games having competed at two previous Games. He will bring a unique view to the Board as the athlete representative.

Ambassador message

“Special Olympics Australia is a great organisation that makes a difference to the lives of so many people. I'm always inspired by the achievements of athletes and amazed at the skills of my fellow volunteers. I’m pleased to have found a rewarding role at Special Olympics Australia and I’m particularly excited by the National Games in Adelaide where 1,000 sportsmen and women with an intellectual disability will demonstrate their talent and determination in 11 sports, with the support of 900 fantastic volunteers. The Games represent the culmination of four years of training and will be a fantastic celebration of achievement which I encourage everyone to support.”

 

Peter Overton, Ambassador

Peter is one of the most respected and well-known journalists on Australian TV having anchored Nine’s nightly news bulletin since 2009 and topped the ratings since 2011. Peter became the first national Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia in December 2001 and regularly supports and attends competitions and events.