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Kevin Scarce announced as Patron of National Games

18 April 2017 | Special Olympics Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Scarce as Games Patron for the National Games, taking place 16 – 18 April 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Born in South Australia, Mr Scarce has provided a powerful legacy to the State having served as the Governor of South Australia from 2007 – 2014. During this period, he was the Patron of Special Olympics South Australia and invited athletes and their families to Government House and attended many other events.

“I enjoyed developing a rapport with many of the South Australian athletes in this period who we saw frequently. Seeing how much pleasure they got from the competition, and watching them develop over the years as they travelled interstate and overseas to participate was simply wonderful,” said Mr Scarce.

As Patron for the 2018 National Games, Mr Scarce will work to engage new and existing partners with the National Games and help raise awareness, funds and community support for the upcoming event.

“The National Games give our athletes enormous pleasure and self-confidence, and just seeing them participate is something that is worthy of us all supporting,” continued Mr Scarce.

“When I was asked to be Patron for the 2018 National Games, I was delighted to assist. In this role, I hope that we can generate publicity and financial support to ensure the Games are successful and that our athletes reach their full potential.”

Mr Scarce was the youngest South-Australian-born governor and the first Royal Australian Navy Officer appointed to the position, and has since remained a significant philanthropic and business leader.

He is now the Chairman of the Cancer Council in South Australia, helping support the organisation’s fundraising, research, education and services. Scarce is also the President of the Novita Children’s Services, an ambassador for Impact 100 (a sub fund for the Australian Communities Foundation) and an Operation Flinders board member.

Jehad Rasheed, Special Olympics Australia National Games Chairman, said the organising committee were thrilled to announce Mr Scarce’s appointment as Patron for the 2018 National Games.

Special Olympics Australia’s 11th National Games will take place 16 – 20 April, 2018.

Special Olympics Australia announces Chairman for 2018 National Games

7 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.

 “I remember turning up to the Games back in 2010 to deliver the games promotional merchandise. I was only meant to stay for half an hour, but I ended up pitching in and staying for four days. During the game, Chris Lemm asked me if I was interested in joining the Board – and the rest is history,” said Mr Rasheed.

Together with his wife Sarah, Mr Rasheed provides an annual scholarship program to assist athletes from lower socioeconomic backgrounds participate in Special Olympics’ year-round competition. Six outstanding South Australia athletes have already benefited from the scholarship program.

Outside of Special Olympics Australia, Mr Rasheed is a keen coach & spectator of football, golf, soccer and tennis. He has worked as a coach with the Norwood Football Club’s U17 along with mentoring players at the Port Adelaide Football Club. He also brings more than 20 years’ experience business acumen, having run his own promotional marketing business and worked as a Sales Manager for blue chip companies Corporate Express Promotional Marketing and Sara Lee Household & Body Care.

“Over the past eight years, I have fallen in love with Special Olympics Australia – it is an organisation that grounds me as a person and it is a cause that has captured my heart. I am truly honoured to become the Chairman of the 2018 National Games and hope to do the job justice in the coming 14 months.”

Mr Rasheed also praised the National Games event for giving athletes the opportunity to achieve their personal best, build lifetime friendships and develop personal skill for the future.

“I am looking forward to supporting Bredette Koen and her National Games team to create the most memorable event to date, especially as it will be held in my home town of Adelaide, South Australia.”

Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Australia Corene Strauss welcomed the appointment of Mr Rasheed to the 2018 National Games.

“We are delighted with Jehad’s appointment as Chairman of the Special Olympics 2018 National Games. His love of sport, passion for our athletes and close ties to the South Australian community makes him the perfect choice. He understands why we exist as an organisation, and how the Games are just one opportunity for our athletes to build confidence and friendships that will set them up for a lifetime,” said Ms Strauss.

As Chairman, Mr Rasheed will oversee National Games Board of 10-12 members and provide support to the National Games team as they head to Adelaide in 2018.

Special Olympics Australia’s 11th National Games will take place 16 – 20 April, 2018. For more information, please contact Games Director, Bredette Koen on

Pictured: Special Olympics Australia 2018 National Games new Chairman Jehad Rasheed with two athletes, Charlie Wilkins and Ben Paior. Mr Rasheed first met the pair in 2009, and has watched them grow and develop over the past eight years.