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Australia

‘Don’t be frightened and go for every shot!’

Competing against the best players in the world on one of the most iconic tennis courts was a major highlight for a group of Special Olympics tennis players selected to compete at the Players with Intellectual Impairments (PWII) Championship at the recent Australian Open.
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Serving Up Inclusion at the Australian Open 2024

At the Australian Open 2024, players of differing abilities will soon take to the courts to compete at the second edition of the Players with Intellectual Impairments (PWII) Championship.
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Special Olympics Tennis Player Lily Mills selected for Australian Open Persons with Intellectual Impairment Championships

Three-time Special Olympics (SO) World Games gold medalist, Lily Mills, has been selected as a wildcard for the Australian Open Persons with Intellectual Impairment Championships.
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Beating the Odds: Meet Karen

One of Team Australia’s youngest athletes, 16-year-old Karen Messmer has overcome much adversity already.
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Special Olympics Australia Announces Formal Bid to Host 2027 World Games in Perth

Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors, has called upon governments, businesses, philanthropists and the local community to rally behind Australia’s bid to host the 2027 Special Olympics World Games in Perth.
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Special Olympics Australia Athlete Tim Gould Shows Us How to be a Champion

The world's number one tennis player with down syndrome, Tim Gould, shows us how to be a champion.
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Special Olympics Athlete Leader Tackles Lack of Inclusive Research

Ben Haack, Special Olympics Athlete Leader from Australia, and Olivia Najdovski, 2020 Social Connectedness Fellow at Special Olympics, discuss the need to include people with intellectual disabilities in research design for studies pertaining to them in a post for The Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness.
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Leaders with a Difference

My life has come full circle. So many of the challenges I used to have, I have overcome.
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Sherrie Eadie, Final Leg Torch Runner

Over 100 law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes, the Guardians of the Flame, carried the Flame of Hope, throughout all seven of the United Arab Emirates before safely delivering it to the Opening Ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
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Special Olympics Chairman Paid a Visit Down Under

Dr. Timothy Shriver engaged in successful high-level talks with ministers representing Health, Sport, Disability and Education.
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