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Swimmer, footy player dive into Olympic side

Kerrod Hamilton (left) and Adam Knust are excited about going to the Special Olympics for soccer and swimming.
Kerrod Hamilton (left) and Adam Knust are excited about going to the Special Olympics for soccer and swimming. Brenda Strong

TWO Gladstone men will travel to Melbourne in October to take part in the Special Olympics National Games.

Adam Knust and Kerrod Hamilton will join 1000 other sportsmen and women at the games, in which people with intellectual disabilities get the chance to compete in 16 Olympic-like sports.

Mr Knust dedicated more than 10 years to sport and was selected to play soccer at the games.

"It was so exciting to find out I was selected for the national competition; I'm proud to represent Queensland," he told The Observer recently.

Mr Hamilton, a first-timer at the games, is excited to participate as a swimmer at the national level after qualifying when he won a gold medal at the Queensland Special Olympics State Games last year.

One of Queensland's oldest charities, disability support organisation, the Endeavour Foundation, employs both Mr Knust and Mr Hamilton.

Ahead of their departure, the foundation's Gladstone Business Service will open its doors to the community tomorrow for an open day and sausage sizzle in celebration of the men's achievement and to give them a warm send-off.

Funds raised at the sausage sizzle will go towards trip costs for Mr Knust and Mr Hamilton.

The open day will be held at Gladstone Business Service, 5 Lyons St, Gladstone, from 10:30am to 1pm.

Topics:  football, gladstone swimming, special olympics




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