Mighty results for the NSW team at the Special Olympics
It’s raining medals for NSW following a spectacular effort at the Special Olympics Australia National Games.
More than 700 athletes from across the country gathered in Launceston, Tasmania from October 17 – 21 to showcase their athleticism and talent across 10 sports.
In gymnastics, NSW sent its ‘A-Team’, with Ashley Kuhle, Ellen Maher, Chris Bunton and Kaylen McDonald making up a fearsome foursome across men and women’s artistic gymnastics.
Kaylen, who trains at The Y Bankstown, dominated Division 4 – Level 2/3, especially in vault with a score of 19.58. The 17-year-old placed first in all apparatus and won the all-around gold with a total score of 104.81.
“The highlight of the competition for me, was meeting new friends, having so much fun and competing at my best,” he said. “I also learned about the Special Olympics Oath – let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brace in the attempt.”
His teammate Chris (The Y Epping), who took on Division 5 – Level 3/4, also emerged with a gold medal for his all-around performance, with a score of 93.14. The 30-year-old’s top score of 17.64 was awarded for his flour routine.
In the women’s Division 3 – Level 3/4, Ashley of The Y Bankstown won silver for her beam routine, with a score of 16.93. And placed 5th overall – great work!
Training partner Ellen, who competed in the same division, took home an all-around bronze with an overall score of 70.81 and a bronze for her vault routine.
The 23-year-old said she loved meeting old friends and making new ones throughout the event.
“I learned what skills I needs to work on to improve,” she said. “I also learned that sometimes the difference between placings is tiny!”
Congratulations #TeamNSW – we are proud of you!