Q: With so many other sport organisations and non for profits, why did you choose Special Olympics Australia?
Lynelle: I was looking for an opportunity to do some more community work and saw a notice on the local council website for Treasurer for Gladstone Special Olympics. As I have been treasurer for sporting clubs and P&C Association in the past, I thought I could help. I didn’t really know much Special Olympics until I went along to my first meeting
Q: What is your favourite Special Olympics Sport? Or what sport did you play as a kid?
Lynelle: I don’t have a favourite sport, and as Treasurer, with no family involved in Special Olympics I don’t get involved in the sport much, but just help support the committee and with fundraising where possible. Previously, I had been involved for many years in Little Athletics, as a volunteer Treasurer and Coach.
Q: How has Special Olympics Australia impacted your life?
Lynelle: I enjoy working with the committee, they are a great team and I am glad to have made new friends.
I get great satisfaction from being a part of this wonderful community sporting group. I have seen how hard the volunteers work, especially those parents who already have very challenging roles as parents with intellectually disadvantaged dependents and the coaches who dedicate so much of their time to the athletes.
Q: What difference have you seen the Special Olympics movement make on athletes or family members lives?
Lynelle: I have seen how important the sport is to these athletes and families. They really love their sport and it is a very important part of their lives.
Q: What would you say to someone considering volunteering for Special Olympics Australia?
Lynelle: I would encourage anyone in the community and certainly those families involved with Special Olympics to become active volunteers as it is very rewarding to see the benefits to the athletes and their enjoyment of the sports.
Q: What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
Lynelle: That I was a successful junior Athletics Level 3 Throws Coach (Shot Put, Discus and Hammer Throw) with some of my athletes competing at National level and winning medals.
Q: Where to from here, what’s next, what does the future look like for you?
Lynelle: Well, I’m 62 so I’m happy to keep helping out with the Special Olympics Gladstone Club as best I can. I still work full time as well as a HR Manager and hope to continue with that for a few more years.
Thank you, Lynelle!
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