Amechai wearing in his medals from
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Games in May.
A young lad named
Amechai first attended a Special Olympics South Austrailia invitational games
in Adelaide over 400 kms away from his home town of Mount Gambier. In those
days it was a long lonely sojourn but in 2013 there was a growing local Special
Olympics region including his favourite sport FOOTBALL. In 2008, as a 12 year
old boy, Amechai was on the first Special Olympics South Austrailia soccer team
at the Special Olympics National Junior Games. He traveled to New
Zealnd competing with the Special Olympics South Austrailia football team in the
first Special Olympics Transtasman games. Today he competed on Team Australia's
football team in the first Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games! Only three years
ago at the 2010 Special Olympics National Games, Amechai was the only Special
Olympics local athlete welcoming the Law Enforcement Torch Run torch into South
Austrailia from Victoria. Overcoming fears, barriers and the tyranny of
distance, Amechai is a local hero and thrives on playing his favourite sport.
With a fellow Special Olmpics Limestone Coast team member at Special Olympics
Asia Pacific Games. I'm sure Special Olympics will hear many more success
stories from this new Special Olympics region in time to come.
About Anne Bawden: I am
Amechai's proud mum, taxi driver, Special Olympics volunteer and Special
Olympics Limestone Coast founding committee member.