Date: March 24, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Aussies on Special mission

It’s 500 days until golf returns to the Rio Olympics, but there are two other Aussie golfers with a far more pressing timetable.

Queenslander Kathryn Wilson and the ACT’s Darren Tait have been chosen to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in July.

The pair, along with coach Jeremy Smith, will be part of a 105-strong Aussie contingent to compete in 12 sports during the Games, in Los Angeles, from July 25 to August 2.

Wilson, who rates fellow Queenslanders Adam Scott, Karrie Webb and Jason Day as her heroes, is thrilled to represent her country.

“It feels very good to be going to the World Games and I am very proud to know that I will wear the green and gold,” she said.

The Games, among the world’s biggest sporting events this year, will showcase 7000 athletes with an intellectual disability from 177 countries competing in 26 sports.

Special Olympics Australia creates accessible sports training, coaching and competition opportunities for people with an intellectual disability so they can reach their personal best, in sport and life.

One of the organisation’s mottos is that the disability won’t stop the athletes, but money might.

So to get involved and help the team reach its goals, visit  to make a tax-deductible donation.

The team also has a FaceBook page which can be found at for additional information.