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December 16, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Australia

Distance will not stop them

By Paul Wiggins

Erin Woods competed in athletics at the Spoecial Olympics Asia Pacific Games.

Janette Wood has travelled from coast to coast from Kalgoorlie-Boulder Western Australia to Newcastle NSW to watch her daughter Erin compete in athletics. Janette is just one of the many Team Australia supporters who have painted Newcastle green and gold over the past week with their presence and vocal backing at all venues. ‘I was never going to miss this event,’ Janette said. ‘I caught the train to Perth, then flew to Brisbane, then flew to Newcastle. A fair distance but it’s definitely worth it. Sport is what brings us all together and I enjoy seeing Erin so happy. She has made a lot of friends through Special Olympics over the past ten years.’ Janette acknowledged the power of Special Olympics as a support group for athletes and families. ‘Special Olympics is a wonderful atmosphere with the parents supporting everyone.’ Erin won gold medal for the 4 x 100 relay and a silver medal in the 100m sprint…and mum was there watching proudly.

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