Leumeah athlete’s goal in reach

Angela Fowler is well on her way to achieving her Special Olympics dream.

The Leumeah resident has been chosen to compete at the Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide next year.

Ms Fowler is one of 273 New South Wales athletes with an intellectual disability who will compete across a range of 11 sporting disciplines at the prestigious event.

The avid sportswoman said she was looking forward to the competition.

“When I am competing in athletics I love running in the 50 and 100 metre events and also running in the relay with my fellow athletes,” she said.

“I also like competing in turbo javelin so I can improve on my personal best throws.”

Ms Fowler competed in her first national games event in 2014.

“In ten pin bowling I achieved first in doubles and teams, and second in singles,” she said.

“In 2016 I competed at the Special Olympics Trans Tasman in Hamilton, New Zealand in athletics where I came first in the 100 metres, second in the 50 metres and 100 metres relay, and third in turbo javelin.”

She trains for more than four hours to prepare for the event.

Ms Fowler said she was looking forward to the training camp in early December to catch up with friends before the competition in Adelaide.

“When I am in Adelaide I can't wait to meet other athletes from all over Australia,” she said.

“I’d like to think I have a chance at making the World Games but there is going to be strong competition in Adelaide and I will have to be at my very best.”

Ms Fowler will be joined by 23 other local athletes.

“I would just like to wish every athlete from the Macarthur region all the very best in your chosen sport in Adelaide,” she said.

“I would also like to say a big thank you to all the coaches, volunteers, parents, carers and the committee of Special Olympics Macarthur for all the help.”

Special Olympics Australia chief executive Corene Strauss said the National Games was a platform to challenge attitudes and educate the community about intellectual disability.

“We’re extremely proud of each of the state teams announced to compete in the 2018 national games,” she said.

“The athletes are true champions who embody the inclusive spirit of the Special Olympics movement.”