A talented group of WA athletes with an intellectual disability are preparing to represent their state at the Special Olympics Australia National Games (National Games), to be held in Adelaide from 16 to 20 April 2018.
Among the WA State Team members are Emily Casella (soccer), Nic Carroll (golf), Kayelene Watts (athletics) and Scott Bell (ten pin bowling).
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Emily Casella is looking forward to playing soccer.
Kayelene Watts is part of the WA athletics team.
Golfer Nic Carroll is set to take to the green.
Tenpin bowler Scott Bell is excited to be part of the upcoming Special Olympics Australia National Games.
Learn more about each of these athletes below:
Emily Casella - soccer
When Emily pulls on her soccer boots, she cannot wait to get out on the pitch.
Her sporting highlights include travelling to Sydney to play street soccer and winning best female soccer player in Australia.
Playing and being part of a team are some of the things Emily is most looking forward to at the National Games, with her aim to make WA proud.
When the 22-year-old isn’t busy with soccer, she can be found playing basketball or street soccer futsal.
The Dianella resident said being as strong as the boys and beating them had been one of her challenges.
Nic Carroll – golf
Golf is a passion for Nic Carroll, who started playing at the age of 14.
A keen sports fan, Nic attended Dunsborough Primary School and Geographe Education Support Centre.
Now living in Quindalup, Nic works on the grounds team at Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course and plays golf a few times a week.
Counting Adam Gilchrist and Jordan Speith among his inspirations, Nic is no stranger to sporting success.
His achievements include winning the Foursomes Championship at Dunsborough Lakes Golf Club and the WA qualifier at Whaleback Golf Course in June 2017 as well as getting his Golf Australia handicap to 7.6.
Nic enjoys meeting lots of people and spending time outdoors as part of his sport.
Kayelene Watts - athletics
Keeping fit and healthy is one of the benefits of being involved in athletics and swimming for Esperance local Kayelene Watts.
Kayelene grew up in Kalgoorlie and moved to Esperance almost 6 years ago. She has been involved with the WA Disabled Sports Association (WADSA) and Special Olympics since she was 6-years-old.
While at the National Games, the 28-year-old is looking forward to the sports, the chance to make new friends and seeing family who live in Adelaide.
Her biggest challenges have included learning butterfly, learning not to be shy when talking to people and as an athlete with cerebral palsy, learning to cope with the difficulties this presents in her sporting goals.
Among some of her achievements are competing with Special Olympics and WADSA in WA and representing WA at national competitions as well as moving out of home into her own unit and being an assistant leader in the Girls’ Brigade.
Scott Bell – tenpin bowling
Friendship, games, travelling, bowling camps, competing, medals and trophies are some of the things tenpin bowler Scott Bell likes most about his sport.
The 37-year-old anticipates the National Games Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as the opportunity to meet people from other states and sports will be some of the stand out moments of the event.
Scott, who is from Ashfield, said his achievements include participating in the Special Olympics National Games Melbourne 2014, the Special Olympics WA State Games Pinjarra 2013, receiving the Employee of the Month award and being presented with a Lions Encouragement Award at Government House.