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July 26, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Australia

The Lone Tassie

By Julie Case

Donna West is one of 400 athletes selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games, 1-7 December, the only athlete to represent Tasmania. With 2,000 competitors from over 32 countries, the Games will be the largest competition for athletes with an intellectual disability ever held on Australian soil. While most athletes would be nervous about travelling to a competition by themselves, Donna couldn’t be less worried. The outgoing and friendly Tasmanian bocce player can’t wait to get to the Games to see the many friends she has made from competitions over the years. “Special Olympics has helped me make friends from all over the country,” said Donna. Since joining Special Olympics over 20 years ago Donna proudly admits, “The program has changed my life completely by giving me courage and confidence.”

About Julie Case: I have been working for Special Olympics Australia as an intern from the United States for 2 months now and loving every minute of it! I will graduate from Chapman University in 2014 with a BA in PR & Ad

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