Michael van Wilgenburg from Victoria is an Aussie athletics champion.
According to his coach, young athlete Michael van Wilgenburg is a sports 'all rounder'. At the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games he competed in long jump, the mixed 4 x 400m relay and the 400m track event coming home with a bronze medal in the relay and gold in the long jump with a personal best jump of 4.72 metres, 13 centimetres more than his previous best. A fourth place ribbon was also a good effort in the 400m, particularly after he had been sent to hospital earlier with heatstroke. Michael was very pleased with his efforts as a first-time Australian representative and said, ‘Special Olympics has given me and many others opportunities to achieve goals that we couldn’t have dreamed of before. I can’t believe I just represented Australia.’
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