GUYRA local Sara Brazier is off to the inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle next month and according to her mum Lorraine, she’s more than a tad excited.
Sara, 21, will compete in four events – the 200m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 100m individual medley and the 4x50m relay, swimming the backstroke leg.
More than 2500 athletes from 32 nations across the Asia Pacific region will take part in the games, the first held in the Southern Hemisphere for people with an intellectual disability.
“We are very proud. There are a lot of obstacles she has had to get through and it’s good when some of her hard training pays off into a great achievement like this – for her to get to where she can represent Australia is simply amazing,” Lorraine said.
Last Friday, the talented swimmer was at Summers IGA in Kootingal, where she helped raise $160 for the Australian Special Olympics team, which the charitable IGA staff met dollar-for-dollar.
Brazier will go into camp with the Australian team on November 28, two days ahead of the start of the games.