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Bray Aquino, Special Olympics Australia gold medallist athlete

This Christmas, Special Olympics Australia is offering Aussies the opportunity to gift the joy of sport to people with intellectual disability and autism. All donations raised this holiday season will give athletes with disabilities greater opportunities to engage in sport, make new friends, and explore their hopes and dreams.  

Bray is one of the many athletes who is discovering his talents with Special Olympics Australia. This year, Bray represented Australia at the Special Olympics World Games where he won gold in the prestigious 100m track event in front of proud family and fans. “It’s great to be part of Special Olympics Australia. I feel so lucky to be able to compete alongside amazing athletes and friends. I can’t wait to continue training and competing again next year,” Bray Aquino said. 

Special Olympics Australia supports athletes with intellectual disability and autism to reach for the stars through high-quality, inclusive sporting activities, delivered by experienced coaches and volunteers. 

Pierre Comis, Chief Executive Officer at Special Olympics Australia said, “Playing sport can help Australians with intellectual disability and autism lead a more active and fulfilling life. Looking back on 2023, I am proud of the incredible achievements of our athletes. It’s been an honour to watch them discover new skills, and prove that their potential is limitless when we provide welcoming and inclusive environments and support. But we can only provide these opportunities with the generosity of supporters.” 

“If you can, please give to Special Olympics Australia this Christmas and help us bring the joy of sport to those who are too often stuck on the sidelines,” Pierre added. 

All raised funds will help provide opportunities for people with intellectual disability and autism to enjoy weekly sports training and regular competition. Donations also help develop new sporting programs, engage new athletes and train new coaches to guide Special Olympics inspiring athletes toward their goals.

You can give the joy of sport this Christmas at 


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About Special Olympics 

Special Olympics began in Australia in 1976 when many people with an intellectual disability were shut in institutions. While this is no longer the norm in Australia, we continue to seek public support to ensure that people with an intellectual disability are not shut out. By helping us give them opportunities to play sport, together we can open the door to personal achievement, pride and inclusion for some of the marginalised and isolated members of our community.



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