Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

Aus­tralian Par­a­lympian Matthew Cameron was on hand to help launch the event yesterday af­ter­noon and games chair­woman Lynne Derry said it was great to have the wheel­chair racer back for the sec­ond year run­ning.

“Matt started his ca­reer at the Chal­lenge Games and last year he was re­ally great for the kids so we de­cided to ask him back,” she said.

“They look at him and think that if he can do it, we can do it, and it’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a very spe­cial few days for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“It’s a unique car­ni­val be­cause there is noth­ing like it in Aus­tralia that is open to chil­dren of all dis­abil­i­ties and our main fo­cus is al­ways fun and par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in as many events as they like and those who dis­play a qual­i­fy­ing time in a par­tic­u­lar field are en­cour­aged to en­ter the in­vi­ta­tional events to qual­ify for the up­com­ing state cham­pi­onships.

Stu­dents can com­pete in tra­di­tional track and field events as well as ball games, soc­cer, vol­ley­ball and mod­i­fied events in­clud­ing the wheel­chair slalom, sit­ting vol­ley­ball and shot roll.

The Chal­lenge Games open­ing cer­e­mony is on from 10.30am to­day.


PACE SET­TER: Two- time Par­a­lympian and bronze medal win­ning wheel­chair sprinter Matthew Cameron will help launch the Chal­lenge Games at

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