STATE SELECTION: Ken Penney (back), Brady Rose, Bruce Gossner, Erin Walsh, Jaimi Dann, Peter Thompson (front), Kathleen Hanson, Jason Dixon, Jaya Tindel and Bridgette Dingsdag will compete at the national games next year.
STATE SELECTION: Ken Penney (back), Brady Rose, Bruce Gossner, Erin Walsh, Jaimi Dann, Peter Thompson (front), Kathleen Hanson, Jason Dixon, Jaya Tindel and Bridgette Dingsdag will compete at the national games next year. Mike Knott BUN031117SPECIAL1

Talented team to prepare for games

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Bundaberg Special Olympics is confident next year could be a successful one for some of their talented athletes.

Nine from the organisation have been selected to compete at the Special Olympics national games in Adelaide in April.

Jaya Tindel, Bridgett Dingsdag and Bruce Gossner will be competing for Queensland in basketball with Brady Rose to compete in athletics.

The other five athletes selected will compete in ten pin bowling.

"They all got selected after competing in games in regional competitions around the state,” BSO committee member Gerry Fidock said.

"Some of them have competed five times this year in competitions,” Fidock said.

The nine are part of what will be a strong team of more than 200 Queenslanders competing.

"We have good chances of medals from individuals in bowling,” he said.

"Basketball is a team sport so who knows how that team will take shape.

"The expectations for the team is certainly to getting medals.”

The team is now preparing to make sure they are ready for next year.

"They'll all participate in training sessions ahead of the event,” Fidock said.

"They'll also attend as many regional games as possible.”

But the nine also need help to get there.

"All of our athletes have an intellectual disability with a disability pension so paying for the trip is beyond them,” he said.

"We'll be running fundraisers next year to help them get there.”

To donate, email clubenquiries@ specialolympics.com.au.



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