My name is Kate O’Donnell. I’m fifteen years old (nearly sixteen).
On Saturday and Sunday (March 23-24) I will be competing in the Special Olympics Victorian State Games. The Games will be held in Bulleen, in the sporting grounds next to the Veneto Club. I will be in swimming races on both Saturday and Sunday. My favourite swimming events are freestyle and butterfly. I swim so fast that my Mum and Dad think I am a fish.
I compete for the Melbourne Inner Eastern region.
My swimming coach is Tom. He is a great coach and a very happy man. I train every Wednesday night at the swimming pool in Bulleen with my swimming group and go to some Regional Games during the year. The Regional Games are held around Melbourne and also in towns like Ballarat, Barwon, and Echuca.
Last December I represented Victoria in the Special Olympics Junior National Games. I won a silver medal in the 50 metres freestyle, a bronze medal in the 100 metres freestyle, and a gold medal in basketball. It was very cool. My big sister Clare taught me how to play basketball really well. We went to the park and practised goal shooting. Now I am very good at goal shooting. Clare is the best sister I’ve ever had (ed – she’s Kate’s only sister). My other basketball coaches are also really helpful. They taught me a lot about the skills of the game.
After the Games over this week end I will tell you how I went. I hope I can win but if I don’t I will still try my hardest.
My Dad said to say, “Go Cats!”
The Special Olympics caters for people with intellectual disabilities. Not to be confused with the Paralympics, which caters for athletes with physical disability.