Pinjarra to hold Special Olympics

Madonna Blyth with George Harwood. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d406604
Madonna Blyth with George Harwood. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d406604

Blyth, who has been part of the Hockeyroos team since 2004 and works for Special Olympics WA, has been chosen as an ambassador for this year’s games.

‘I’m very proud to be asked to be an ambassador and be able to put my name to this great association,’ Blyth said.

‘The Special Olympics is based on participation and enjoyment and it encourages the athletes to build confidence in themselves.’

The mission of Special Olympics WA is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

Athletes from all over WA will converge on Pinjarra to compete in 11 different sports, including aquatics, equestrian, cricket and gymnastics.

‘My role during the games will be to offer support to the athletes and be available to chat about our experiences and share stories,’ Blyth said.

‘I’m also looking forward to getting out to watch some of the events, especially the ten-pin bowling.’

The Special Olympics WA State Games 2013 will be held on October 11-13, before Blyth travels to Argentina with the Hockeyroos for the FIH World League semi-final in November.

‘The games are going to be a really fun couple of days and it’s inspiring to see what some of these athletes can do. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and there’s plenty of events to watch, so I encourage everyone to come along,’ she said.