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For two of our very talented Afford supported employees, Charmain and Tony, not only did their dreams of winning medals at the Special Olympics come true – the added bonus was that those medals are GOLD! They were also interviewed on Weekend Today!

With such strong dedication and perseverance, Charmaine Ward, from Afford’s Ingleburn Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), and Tony Ward from Afford’s Minto ADE, achieved sensational success in Bocce at the Games.

It Takes Dedication and Support

The husband and wife team have been playing Bocce together for around three years and truly shone at the recent Games; achieving and exceeding their personal goals. For Charmain, her success is due to her strong dedication to adhere to a strict, regimented routine of attending every training session and regular swimming to get fit and ready to compete.

At the Games, Charmaine and Tony won a Gold medals in the teams category of Bocce. Tony also won Gold in the Doubles and Singles and Charmain on Bronze in the Doubles.

Charmain said the she just couldn’t explain the tremendous feeling she had when she walked out into the stadium. She just didn’t have words to describe how amazing it made her feel.

Working with a Supportive Team

All of Charmain and Tony’s work friends cheered the duo on from Australia and are keen to hear more about their adventures in Abu Dhabi and winning Gold. As with every Afford workplace, teams join as one community – one family – to share each other’s successes and triumphs.

Special Olympics is a year-round multi-sports program for people with an intellectual disability – of all capabilities – who also have access to robust competition pathways including our World Games which is hosted on a four-year cycle in summer and winter sports.

The 2019 Special Olympics World Games were held in Abu Dhabi from 8-21 March, with 7,000 athletes with an intellectual disability from 170 nations competing across 24 sports in front of half a million spectators. Australia was represented by 105 athletes who competed across 11 sports: athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, sailing, swimming and tennis. They were supported by 35 volunteer officials.

Special Olympics has been transforming the lives of people with an intellectual disability for almost 50 years. Today, Special Olympics supports over 5 million athletes in 177 countries. Like the Olympics and Paralympics, Special Olympics believe in the power of sport to create a better world.

Find out more about the Special Olympics and how Afford services support individuals achieve their goals.