Abilympics exists to assist and enrich the lives of people with disabilities. Over our many years of operation our efforts have touched a lot of competitors and volunteers. Below is a small collection of articles and letters showcasing how these efforts have made a real difference – Here are their stories.

Glen Sutherland

Glen Sutherland I first went to an International Abilympics in 2003, New Delhi, India. I originally went as a companion and helper. As my disability met the criteria I was invited to also compete in bicycle assembly in Seoul, Korea, 2011. I have also competed in Bordeaux France 2016 and Metz France 2023. I have found Abilympics to be a great experience to show your skills, form life long friends, team bonding and see what challenges people from other countries overcome. I would recommend.

Chris McEncroe

Chris McEncroe Years of steadfast dedication, self belief and hard work has paid off in spades for MSWA Client Chris McEncroe, who over a seven year journey went from lying in a hospital bed on a ventilator to bringing home not one, but two medals for Australia at the 2023 Ambilympics held in Metz, France. The competition attracted 400 competitors from 24 different countries, with Chris the only Australian representative competing in a skilled trade category: electrical engineering. Chris, alongside his partner – and recently qualified apprentice – Poss, had two days to complete the wiring for a mock house, complete with an electrical switchboard, to be judged on the accuracy of delivering a set of plans. While [...]

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