The FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport provides talented Western Victorian athletes with access to coaching and education programs of excellence; assisting them to reach their full sporting and personal potential and enhancing their chances of state and national representation.
There are over 60 Special Olympics regions in Australia. This link bridges the gap for Special Olympics athletes to be valued as elite level athletes in their own right. It is a significant relationship for the disability sector nationally.
This link was set up after a successful partnership initiative by Special Olympics Ballarat. EO of WestVic Rob Ward was one of the attendees at this event
Special Olympics Ballarat Chairman Stuart Bates said “Rob was quick to follow us up with a proposal for our athletes to become part of their program. Given this type of relationship is the first of its kind for a Special Olympics region, we are very pleased Rob could see the benefits in offering elite training to our athletes. It is a very progressive relationship that will set new standards for Special Olympics nationally. Lachlan Smith from Sports Central has supported this project from the outset. We are grateful for his dedication to our vision”.
Local athlete quotes:
Kez Glenane: I like working with Westvic with Harrison and Joe. They help me build up my muscles and show me new exercises. It helps me with my chosen sport.
Marion McKenzie: being a member of WestVic has been fantastic. My strength has improved incredibly. By going to the gym 3 mornings a week, and thanks to Di's encouragement, my core strength improved so I was able to use my upper body when riding. Consequently my left leg which previously curled up (due to my mild cerebral palsy) was more relaxed. I was able to keep my horse straight and forward. I am sure this was why I was successful at the National Games. I look forward to starting with WestVic again in March. In the meantime I am keeping fit by walking 4 kms every second day and riding my two horses nearly every day. Life is great!
Dom McKendry: I would like to be able to improve my body strength and that will help me swim faster- also my swimming strokes will improve. It will help with my running and strength in soccer too.
Special Olympics Ballarat provides year round sporting opportunities to athletes with an intellectual disability.
Media Enquiries: Stuart Bates 0422 930 077; Rob Ward 0417 044 419