Bundy dancer to light up USA
A YOUNG Bundaberg dancer will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in front of a global audience at this year's Special Olympics World Games.
As a member of Brisbane-based dance group Bust A Move Dance, Ellen Randle-O'Sullivan will travel to Los Angeles in July to line up as part of the Games' week-long entertainment.
Bust A Move Dance caters its programs for children, teens and young adults with disabilities.
Ellen's mum, Cherry Randle, said her daughter had Down syndrome but had not let the disability get in her way.
Ms Randle said when Ellen, 18, joined the dance group at the beginning of the year she found her calling.
"She's always loved dancing, swimming and running," Ms Randle said.
"We came across the Bust A Move Dance group because I wanted to find a group that helped young people with disabilities.
"With contemporary and hip hop dance the kids get to create their own moves, which helps them build their independence."
The group of about 30 dancers will perform at selected venues throughout the seven-day event.
Since March, Ms Randle said she and her daughter had made regular trips to Brisbane to train for the much-anticipated event.
"Ellen also does the 10km run at the Gold Coast in July every year," she said.
"She was determined to do it even with all the dance stuff.
"She has been getting out there and training all by herself."
The games will be held from July 25 to August 2.