Olympic Trio Are Counting on Us; Three Bundaberg Athletes Need $2000 to Trial for Special Olympics

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Byline: Joe Flynn

Special Olympics: Basketballer Kate Juillerat already has a Special Olympics gold medal in her trophy cabinet.

But her hopes on adding another to the collection will hinge on whether she can raise $2000 to compete in the Special Olympics Australia national titles next April.

Kate, Carla McCloskey and Nathan Modolo have all been selected to represent Queensland at the national titles in Adelaide.

But each will have to secure sponsorship from businesses and the community to help get them there.

"With the cost of travel and training we really need to raise money to help these athletes out," Kate's mother Leanne Juillerat said.

Leanne has seen first-hand the impact that sport can have on a person with intellectual disabilities.

Kate was part of the successful Australian team that defeated Russia in the Special Olympics world titles in China in 2007.

"She just gained so much confidence from that," Leanne said.

"She has just grown in all aspects since then.

"It's given her a purpose and it has also given her a social network with people from around the world. …