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    Sporting Stars' Gold Awards

    Article by Olivia Reed

    Sporting Stars’ Gold Award

    By Olivia Reed

    Appeared in the Geelong Advertiser, Friday May 31st

    The hard work of two locals have culminated in winning gold at the Victoria Disability Sport and Recreation Awards.

    The awards are a celebration of the achievements of sportspeople with disabilities and the coaches, organisations, officials and volunteers who support them.

    Leopold’s Mitchell Bond was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year for his leadership and commitment as a member of various wheelchair basketball teams.

    The 15-year-old was diagnosed at six months old with transverse myelitis, which paralysed him from the neck down. He has since regained arm and leg movements through hours of rehabilitation.

    Mitchell has participated in the under-23 Victorian wheelchair basketball squad, South Australian wheelchair basketball team and Australian wheelchair basketball squad.

    Grovedale’s Jenny Forssman was recognised as Official of the Year for her contribution to gymnastics, including Special Olympics gymnastics. She officiates at a local, regional, state and national level, requiring travel of up to 100km from her home 20-30 times a year.

    “As a result of her efforts to educate and upskill the judging community, the participation of people with an intellectual disability in gymnastics continues to grow steadily each year,” her nomination read.

    Entrants in the awards are nominated by state sporting associations, local government, teammates, coaches club members or their community.

    Pictured: Victorian Disability Sport and recreation Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tamika Simpson, Junior Sportsperson of the Year Mitchell Bond and Official of the Year Jenny Forssman. Photo taken by Mike Dugdale

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