More than 100 athletes from across the state converged on the South Pine Sports Complex at Brendale for a recent interclub basketball competition.
Special Olympics Queensland Community Development Officer Kim Lawley said basketballers from 10 clubs including Moreton North, Gympie, Mackay, Bundaberg and the Sunshine and Gold Coast took part.
Among them were Moreton North players and Caboolture residents Kyle Richardson, Zac Galloway, Trent Porter, Luana Woods and Joshua Cadman.
“We hadn’t had a competition like this since March – the one in August was cancelled because of COVID on the Saturday before the competition on Sunday,” Kim says.
The event, across four divisions and 26 teams, gave players the chance to put into practice the skills they had been building on in training all year.
“They were just so excited – the first hour was catching up with friends.
“To be able to play sport and to put all their training into a competition meant so much,” Kim says.
“Some of the athletes had improved so much we had to move them into a different division.”