Businesses chip in to meet special needs

HILLS businesses joined forces last Tuesday to get behind disabled athletes at a Special Olympics golf fund-raiser.

Castle Hill Country Club hosted the ambrose fours competition in which athletes were partnered with business guests for a round of 18 holes.

Sue Teale, the Special Olympics sports co-ordinator for The Hills, praised the community for generous donations that have helped her charitable organisation to build disabled sport programs.

"This is one of our major fund-raisers for the year which focuses on helping intellectually disabled athletes," Ms Teale said.

Money raised from the fund-raiser will go towards buying uniforms, organising transport and hiring venues.

Ms Teale said The Hills branch of Special Olympics was still in its infancy but hoped greater funds would assist in offering athletes a talent pathway to national and international sporting competitions.

Special Olympics has six sporting programs: swimming, basketball, football, tenpin bowling, dance and tennis.

With greater funds the Special Olympics is looking to expand into softball, athletics and bocce.

"We've had Ashlie Becker, Rebecca Teale and Ryan Buecker all represent our area at national level," Ms Teale said.

"With any luck we'll produce more intellectually disabled stars in the future which go on to international honours."

■The Hills region branch of the Special Olympic seeks volunteers. Details: Aileen Buecker 0402 420 033.

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