Workmates train for the Special Olympics
HAVING an intellectual disability can be a barrier, but that hasn't stopped two Gladstone men from achieving, with the duo set to compete for Queensland at the National Special Olympics.
Soccer player Adam Knust and swimmer Kerrod Hamilton are part of a Gladstone seven-person squad that will compete in Melbourne from October 20-24.
They earned their spot in the team after winning gold medals at the state-level games last year.
Special Olympics Gladstone chair Debbie Knust said the games will give the men a chance to increase their circle of friends and a goal to train towards.
The sportsmen work together at Endeavour Foundation Industries in Gladstone, which held an open day and fundraiser yesterday.
Adam said he loved football because it offered him the chance to make new friends.
"I broke my ankle recently while I was learning how to slide, but I'm confident I will be ready to play in October," he said.
Kerrod swims all strokes, but his fastest discipline is freestyle, in which he has a best time of 18.6 seconds for 25m.
His coach Terry Fellows said Hamilton was a good chance at the nationals as he practises and works hard.
Endeavour manager Shane Croucher said the organisation and all its staff were behind the Olympians.
Endeavour provides a learning environment for people with intellectual disabilities and helps them learn skills which will help them gain employment in the community.