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Our Journey Annual Review 2012 ‘The S pec i mov e m e nt is al Olympics ve r hear t an d I am y close to my of this n glad to be Patron atio r E x ce lle n n al charity.’ He c yM s Quentin Bryce
Special Olympics Australia Sports House, 6A Figtree Drive Contents Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 Special Olympics Australia............................................................................ 1 PO Box 62, Concord West 2138 From the Chair................................................................................................ 2 Telephone: 02 8116 9833 From the CEO.................................................................................................. 3 Toll Free: 1300 225 762 From the ASC.................................................................................................. 3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advancing Quality Sports and Competition............................................. 4 Web: www.specialolympics.com.au Building Community Partnerships.............................................................. 8 Charitable Status Connecting Fans and Funds........................................................................10 Developing a Strong Leadership and Volunteer Culture...................... 15 Special Olympics Australia is a charity with tax-exempt and deductible Establishing Sustainable Capabilities....................................................... 16 gift-recipient status granted by the Around the States........................................................................................ 17 Australian Taxation Office. We are Working Together........................................................................................20 registered with the Department Partners & Supporters.................................................................................21 of Gaming and Racing under the Our Programs................................................................................................22 Charitable Fundraising Act, 1991. Financial Information...................................................................................24 Our national fundraising licence Cover Photo: Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, number is CFN14503 and our Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia with athletes Mel Eustace ABN is 28 050 738 728. and Chris Bunton at the launch announcement of the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games. Ms Bryce is Patron of Special Olympics Australia. Photo by Peter Muhlbock, Reporting Period Special Olympics Australia. This Annual Review was published Back Cover Photo: Jan White (centre) looks after a houseful of Special Olympics by Special Olympics Australia in athletes with her partner Marie Jones in Victoria. Jan’s daughter Heather, and twins May 2013 and covers our activities Steven and Paul are all in the program. She looks after them, their partners and other local athletes, while still regularly volunteering in the Special Olympics program. from 1 January–31 December 2012. Photo by News Australia. Annual Review Partners Auditor: KPMG www.kpmg.com Bank: Westpac www.westpac.com Print: Hogan Print www.hoganprint.com.au Use your smart phone to unlock additional content where you see this graphic 1. Download the ‘Scan’ app on your smart phone. 2. Open the app and hold the camera above the barcode. Madeleine Elphick was one of our star athletes in the IGA Future Champions campaign and she showed her champion form when she returned home from her first major competition – the Junior National Games – with three gold and two silver medals. Photo by Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
Special Olympics Australia About Us Our History The Future Like our Olympic and Paralympic In 1963, Eunice Kennedy Shriver There are an estimated 500,000 counterparts, Special Olympics invited 75 children with an intellectual Australians living with an intellectual believes in the power of sport to disability into her backyard to explore disability. change lives. But we are very separate their talents through sport. Every two hours another Australian organisations who fulfil our vision in This backyard camp quickly gained child is diagnosed and we have over different ways. momentum and Special Olympics 1,000 families on our waiting list. While the Olympics and Paralympics was born. To ensure we are able to provide celebrate elite athletes, Special Today, the global Special Olympics quality sports and lifestyle programs Olympics is dedicated to supporting movement supports over 4 million to as many athletes as possible a people with an intellectual disability athletes in 170 countries. clear road map for success has been to reach their full potential through outlined in our National Strategy regular sports training and quality In Australia, Special Olympics has been 2012-2015. competition, and we cater for people transforming the lives of people with of all ages, all abilities and at all levels an intellectual disability since 1976, This strategy is centred on a framework of competition. but we are at a critical point where we that allows us to give people with an need more help to meet the demand intellectual disability opportunity, People with an intellectual disability for our services. choice and the possibility to reach are recognised by the World Health their personal best through sport. Organisation (WHO) as the largest disability community in the world, and they are considered to be one of the most socially-isolated groups. Our Strategic Framework 2012-2015 But through sport and a holistic approach to athlete wellbeing, we are breaking down barriers and allowing people with an intellectual disability to achieve their best. As a registered charity, we rely on an army of dedicated volunteers to deliver our multi-sports program and we are one of the most effective grassroots social change movements in the world. Develop ‘Special Oly a Strong Establish mpics makes m e feel like a cha mpion.’ Madeleine Elphick, NSW 1
From the Chair ‘The practice of sport is a human right. So, I was delighted to see athletes Every week, 3,000 of these selfless Every individual must have the possibility with an intellectual disability individuals give up their time to of practising sport, without discrimination welcomed back into Paralympic provide some 22,000 annual training of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, competition after a twelve-year and competition sessions. In all, they which requires mutual understanding absence, and proud that some of our give an incredible 18,000 volunteer with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and athletes were selected to represent hours per week and we could not exist fair play.’ Olympic Charter Australia at the Games. This is just without them. one of the many pathways that we In 2012, the London Olympic and Whether they are a local coach or sit encourage them to follow, but it is Paralympic Games captured the on a committee, whether they are the many benefits of regular sports eyes of the sporting world in a way running a raffle or providing transport participation that is our focus. that only these two flagship events for athletes to attend training, it’s can. But while this festival of sport Special Olympics exists to bring the those at the grassroots level who are captured a large audience for a short joy of sport and social inclusion to driving our organisation forward. period of time, millions of athletes as many athletes with an intellectual To all athletes, families, partners, with an intellectual disability around disability as possible, whether they volunteers and coaches I say thank the world continued to quietly achieve want to win a gold medal or have a you. You make Special Olympics a their personal best through the kick-around at regular training. worthwhile and inspiring organisation Special Olympics sporting program. It is with that in mind that we to be part of. These athletes face many barriers launched our second, four-year Thank you also to my colleagues on to sports participation, which seems national strategy, which has a very the National Board, the National astounding here in Australia where clear purpose: to have at least 10,000 Council, State and Regional sport is part of our daily lifestyle and athletes with an intellectual disability Committees, and National and State ingrained in our cultural identity. participating in our sports and Selection Committees who provide lifestyle programs by the end of 2015. the framework for action. The National Strategy 2012-2015, Of course, we are also grateful to our plots our pathway to success and Principal Partner the Australian Sports brings a clear vision to our team as Commission for supporting our vision we work together towards a common that all Australians should be able to goal, the health and well-being of participate in sport at their level of athletes and the many potential choice. This belief is also expressed athletes who could benefit from sport by our key partners: IGA, Cisco, and social activities. Turnaround Management Association Integral to our model are the inspiring (TMA), Law Enforcement Torch Run and committed volunteers who (LETR), Gloria Jean’s Coffees, SAS and deliver our program. News Australia. Next year is shaping up to be one of our busiest, and we look forward to working collaboratively with our stakeholders to achieve success. The power of Special Olympics is something very dear to my heart as I have two sons in the program, volunteer in my local Special Olympics program and in the Special Olympics spirit of fun and friendship, I also made a special appearance at the Junior National Games (photo opposite). Mark Streeting Chair Special Olympics Australia Special Olympics Australia Chairman, Mark Streeting had a close encounter with our mascot Soey the Joey, at the Junior National 2 Games. Photo by Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia.
From the CEO From the ASC 2012 was an incredible year for I am proud that in selecting our Special Olympics Australia with many Australian team, we had many more achievements, fabulous competitions athletes to choose from because, across the country and exciting in accordance with our National new developments, including the Strategy, we have increased our Message from the Australian Sports Commission announcement that Australia will host athlete numbers. The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has two core goals - ensuring Australian athletes excel in the international sporting the inaugural Special Olympic Asia Many of our 7,726 participants are arena, and increasing Australians’ participation in sport. Pacific Games 2013. young athletes who are following These two clear objectives are mutually reinforcing – international success inspires Australians to participate in sport, This will be the largest event for a lifelong journey of sports and greater participation helps nurture our future champions. Sport not only inspires and unites, it also promotes community people with an intellectual disability participation and better health. involvement, cohesion and active lifestyles. to be held in Australia, and we will I met one of these young champions Australians are inspired by success on the world sporting stage – it’s central to who we are as a nation. The 2012 field our largest national team ever. at the Special Olympics Junior London Olympics showed that the standards required for elite international success keep increasing relentlessly. Traditional In December 2013, over 400 National Games. His name is Tristan competitors keep getting better, and rising countries have Aussie athletes with an intellectual Grunsell. At just eight years of age, become forces to be reckoned with in many of our stronghold sports. If we want to continue to enjoy the success we expect, Tristan has infectious confidence and disability will celebrate sport, ability, we need to respond to this new environment in circumstances is wise beyond his years. where Government funding for high performance sport is likely acceptance and friendship with 2,000 to be constrained at current levels. athletes from over 32 countries… At the Closing Ceremony of the This means we need to raise the bar ourselves in everything in our backyard. Games, I asked him why he liked we do in high performance sport - our talent identification and development, coaching, sports science, use of technology and The founder of our global Special Special Olympics and he said, ‘ innovation, and the management and administration structures that support our athletes. It is fundamental to success that we Olympics movement, Eunice Kennedy Special Olympics helps you do the set the same standards of excellence and accountability in all Shriver started this momentum things you are capable of and that of these areas that we expect of our athletes on competition day. The ASC, which is investing a record $170 million this year when she invited 75 children with an means you can be outstanding.’ in high performance programs, has the responsibility to ensure that we have high performance support structures in place to intellectual disability into her own Tristan, you are outstanding, and so enable high performance sporting success. We have significant backyard in 1963. are the thousands of other athletes work to do on these fronts. Our partner sports can expect much sharper focus by the ASC in future on best practice Now it is the time for Australian who share your perseverance and governance and administration, intellectual property ownership, athlete management and support structures and general athletes with an intellectual disability talents through our program accountabilities by the sports. to shine. every week. Despite recent events that have impacted upon the integrity of sport, it is important to emphasise that our commitment to Thank you to the many Special elite international sporting success will never compromise our Olympics Australia volunteers commitment to integrity in sport. Our belief in, and requirement for sports to uphold, the values of fair and honest competition who make this happen. is inviolable. Importantly, the ASC is investing $120 million this year to Gill Stapleton promote grassroots participation in sport throughout Australia Chief Executive Officer and to continue a suite of successful national programs such as the Active After-school Communities program. Special Olympics Australia Increased community sport participation has a profound long term dividend, and remains a vital objective of the ASC notwithstanding the challenges in high performance sport. The ASC looks forward to working in collaboration with the sport sector to encourage more people into sport and to drive Australia’s continued sporting success. Mr John Wylie AM Chairman Board of the Australian Sports Commission The Australian Sports Commission is investing $120 million this year to promote grassroots participation in sport throughout Australia. Increased community sport participation has a profound long term dividend, and remains a vital objective of the ASC. Gill Stapleton, Special Olympics Australia CEO was inspired by the words of eight-year-old Special Olympics competitor, Tristan Grunsell (Hunter Valley, NSW). Photo by Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia. 3
Advancing Quality Sport and Competition We pride ourselves on providing regular The Community Sports Link Program sport, quality competition pathways now operates in all Special Olympics ATHLETES and lifestyle programs for athletes with an intellectual disability and in 2012 states and territories and continues to attract corporate volunteers who 7,726 our sports calendar was packed with enjoy the accessibility of the event- based model. 2011-2012 CHANGE opportunities, giving athletes plenty of choice in how they participate in the +35% Special Olympics Australia program. Advancing Sports Partnerships +1,956 Special Olympics Australia works Increasing Participation closely with our Principal Partner, the Australian Sports Commission, In 2012, we increased the number of as well as state and national sports athletes participating in our year-round sports program from 5,770 to 7,726. organisations and disability partners, ATHLETE GROWTH to maintain best practice, strengthen While this puts us in reach of our target of 10,000 athletes by 2015, high non- competition pathways, celebrate 2012 7,726 success and develop partnerships that participation rates remain a challenge. promote sport for all. 2011 5,770 Growth In All Sports Nationally we have strong relationships with: 2010 4,186 The increase in athlete numbers was felt across all of our sixteen official − Basketball Australia 2009 3,672 sports. Ten pin bowling, aquatics (Helping Hoops) (swimming) and basketball remain 2008 2,717 our top three sports, with the largest − Bocce Federation of Australia growth in participation seen in alpine − Cricket Australia (In2 Cricket) skiing, snowboarding, gymnastics and tennis. Equestrian is our newest − Disabled WinterSport Australia 2015 TARGET sport and is now offered in six states. Outside of our official sports, some − Football Federation Australia 10,000 local programs also offer popular recreational activities such as dance. − Golf Australia Athletes − Gymnastics Australia Creating Communities − Sailability Special Olympics Australia accredited − Softball Australia ATHLETES BY REGION five new regional programs in 2012 − Swimming Australia WA ACT increasing our number of local 6% 2% programs to 57. Although we do − Tennis Australia NSW not have an official program in the − Tenpin Bowling Australia VIC 28% Northern Territory we welcomed 20% eight affiliated athletes to the Junior − Yachting Australia. National Games, thanks to our Star Support for Swimmers long-term partnership with Total REGION NT Recreation NT. The team returned Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist
ACCREDITED PROGRAMS 57 POPULAR SPORTS % of participating athletes Athletics 5% Football Tenpin Bowling 6% 26% Tennis 7% SPORTS Basketball 19% Aquatics 21% HIGHEST % GROWTH 2012 INCREASE Winter Sports* 57% Gymnastics 38% Tennis 32% *Winter Sports includes Alpine skiing, figure skating and snowboarding. Six-year old Cairns local, Josh had never experienced Special Olympics until his sister heard a radio ad promoting the Trans Tasman Tournament in Cairns in October 2012. So she brought him along to the athletics competition, where to their delight Josh was invited to participate in a unified relay. Photo by WinkiPoP Media. 5
Advancing Quality Sport and Competition (continued) Expanding Opportunities World Winter Games Junior National Games We continue to provide quality In May 2012, we announced that five Over 250 athletes with an intellectual competition pathways to those athletes and three officials would disability aged fifteen and under athletes who wish to compete and represent Australia at the Special participated in the Junior National because of our divisioning process – Olympics World Winter Games 2013 Games in Newcastle NSW from 6-10 which allows athletes to compete in South Korea. This is the first time December 2012. They came from all with those of similar ability – an Australian team has been selected states and territories and competed athletes of all abilities can access to compete in snow sports at a World in aquatics (swimming), athletics, our competition pathways. Winter Games and only the second basketball, cricket, football (soccer) time Special Olympics Australia has and tennis. The Games were declared Asia Pacific Games attended the event. The first was in open by Michael Gallacher, Minister In March, Newcastle NSW was 1997, when we sent a floor-hockey for Police and Emergency Services, announced as the host-city for the team to Canada. In preparation and Minister for the Hunter. inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific for these Games, the team was While this was the third Junior Games in 2013. At the Games, 2,000 supported by Disabled WinterSport National Games there were a number Special Olympics athletes from over Australia (DWA). of firsts. For the first time: 32 countries will compete across nine Australia is now hoping to field a team sports. Team Australia will be our − athletes participated in a at the 2017 World Winter Games to largest national team ever with 400 non-competitive event prior to be held in Austria. These Games are athletes and more than 100 officials. competition to experience new expected to attract 3,000 athletes skills and prepare for competition from 110 countries. Other New Pathways − GymAbility sessions were made Two other major competitions have Trans Tasman Tournament available to all athletes been added to our 2013 competition From 8-12 October 2012, the second − a unified basketball game was calendar thanks to partnerships Trans Tasman Tournament, opened by held at the Closing Ceremony secured in 2012. Because of funding Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary from the ACT Government and Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, − a 400m track time was endorsed Canberra 100 the inaugural Canberra was held in Cairns, Queensland. At the by Athletics Australia as a Centenary Swimming Competition tournament over 300 athletes with an national record will be held for over 400 athletes intellectual disability from Australia − Special Olympics athlete leaders from Australia and Japan. Special and New Zealand competed in acted as team officials, mentors Olympics South Australia will also host athletics, basketball, football (soccer) and ambassadors. a national 20/20 Cricket Tournament and tenpin bowling. The purpose thanks to a partnership with Cricket of the Trans Tasman Tournament is The financial success of the event will South Australia and there are plans to provide more opportunities for see funds invested into programs in to make this an annual event. athletes to compete in our most the local area and we expect many of popular sports. We are pleased the volunteers to fill roles at the Asia that the 2012 event generated a Pacific Games. surplus that will be invested into the new Special Olympics Far North World Summer Games Queensland program. Los Angeles, USA has been announced as the host city for the next Special Macau Golf International Olympics World Summer Games In July 2012, four athletes and three in 2015. The Australian team to officials represented Australia at the compete at the Games will be inaugural Special Olympics Macau selected based on performances at Golf International and six athletes the Special Olympics National Games and three officials were selected to in Melbourne in 2014. These National represent Australia at the 2013 event, Games will be our biggest ever with expanding competition pathways over 1,000 athletes. for Australian golfers with an intellectual disability. Twelve-year old Chloe Powick from Central Coast NSW has been participating in Special Olympics Australia for five years and is a keen footballer. She also enjoys a range of our other sports and recreational activities, including dance. Photo by Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics Australia. 7
Building Community Partnerships Our holistic approach to athlete well- − ‘Rusty’ Nelligan (Western − Western Australia has expanded being includes the provision of health, Australia) and Steven White their university-based program leadership and youth initiatives which (Victoria) were awarded the to offer cooking and healthy we deliver in partnership with corporate, EKS Award, an annual award eating classes community and disability groups, as well to recognise the work of − A national Facebook page was as government agencies. athlete leaders launched to promote, share and − NSW, Queensland and South celebrate the achievements of Creating Leaders Australia included senior athlete leaders. Through our Athlete Leadership athletes as team officials in Programs (ALPs), Special Olympics their delegations for the Junior Improving Health athletes develop skills that help them National Games The Healthy Athletes program gives build confidence, gain independence, Special Olympics athletes access to − Eight enthusiastic athlete get jobs and become mentors and free professional health screenings so ambassadors were highly visible leaders within their communities. that they can be physically fit to train, at the Junior National Games, 64 athletes across Australia graduated speaking at the Opening Ceremony, compete and live life to the full. from the leadership program in 2012 presenting medals and hosting VIPs In 2012, Healthy Athletes was held and by 2015 we aim to have at least at the Junior National Games and − NSW, Tasmania and Victoria 400 active athlete leaders. Notable at major events in Victoria, South engaged university students to achievements in 2012 were: Australia and the ACT. At the Junior act as mentors and each state − Queensland athlete Ben Haack, has held their first graduation National Games, there were over 170 was elected as the Athlete ceremony for athlete leaders screenings for eyes, teeth and feet. Representative to the Board of Last year we welcomed two new − A Special Olympics Australia Special Olympics Australia Clinical Directors, Colleen Condon representative attended a − The National Board and all State fully-funded, international ALPs (Health Promotion) and Kerrie-Ann and Territory Boards now have conference in Thailand to share Punshon (Special Smiles), bringing a qualified athlete leader on best practice the number of internationally-trained their committee Clinical Directors in Australia to seven. 8
Cops Are Tops! Celebrating NDIS In 2012, the Special Olympics On 26 October 2012, Special Olympics community celebrated International Australia hosted a number of Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) DisibiliTEA’s and advocacy campaigns with a number activities across the to raise awareness of the National country. Special Olympics Australia Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). celebrated the day with the start of Special Olympics Australia supports the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the scheme with our Chair, Mark the Junior National Games. Streeting offering this endorsement, Senator Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport; ‘We welcome the NDIS framework as The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Minister it will enlarge the possibilities for a for Employment and Workplace better, more complete and inclusive ‘Special O Relations; and Senator Jan McLucas, life for people with an intellectual lympics makes me feel proud.’ Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities disability and we will continue to play and Carers joined us at a ceremony in our role in this process.’ front of Parliament House in Canberra. Craig Muhlb Early Intervention ock, NSW The first official Young Athletes program was launched in Victoria in The first Australian team to be selected for February 2012 with another program snow sports at a Special Olympics World added to the state sports calendar Winter Games were: (L-R): Bryce Fuller later in the year. Young Athletes is an (QLD), Nicole Bartley (QLD), Nicole Harris innovative sports-play program for (NSW), Luke Forster (QLD), Craig Muhlbock children with an intellectual disability (NSW). Photo by Peter Muhlbock, Special aged between two and eight and was Olympics Australia. made possible by volunteers from Mattel. Based on these two pilots, and available funding, the program will be rolled out in other states. 9
Connecting Fans and Funds FUNDING INCOME Special Olympics Australia, and the Fundraising Events Special Olympics Gold Coast Blue Fundraising events across the country Brigade also teamed up with IGA to continue to raise much needed funds Sports Other Income (Fees) promote our national partnership at Competitions 7% for the organisation and we thank 29% Down (39%) the annual IGA Expo. our many partners for the success of Up 8% New Gold Partner these events. In 2012, Cisco Systems Australia joined Sports Lunch us as a national gold partner with a The Turnaround Management four-year commitment to provide Association (TMA) Sports Lunch has INCOME integral IT solutions giving us the become a highlight of our annual BY TYPE opportunity to carry out essential event calendar and in 2012 we technical improvements across all celebrated eight years of this iconic levels of the organisation. Cisco event. Together with TMA we now staff are active in our corporate offer corporate business events and Fundraising Revenue volunteering program too. networking functions in Brisbane, Government & Grants 19% 45% Of the partnership, Richard Kitts, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth which Up 29% Up 12% Vice-President Cisco Systems Australia raised over $175,000 for and New Zealand said, ‘Our partnership our organisation last year. % Share of income in 2012 with Special Olympics Australia Our friends at TMA have now raised % Performance against 2011 creates many opportunities for over $1.3 million since staff volunteering, engagement our official partnership and team events across the country. began in 2006. Special Olympics Australia continues Next year one of the biggest to turn passive support into action by Laugh Out Loud opportunities will be the Special Over 800 Sydney and encouraging collaborative working Olympics Asia Pacific Games.’ Melbourne fans and business relationships and mutually-beneficial Law Enforcement Torch Run supporters started their day partnerships which allow us to deliver Outside of the many torch run with a laugh at our comedy innovative marketing activities and events our law enforcement partners breakfast supported fundraising campaigns. deliver across the country, the Law by ANZ and Lexus of Enforcement Torch Run for Special Parramatta. Partnerships Olympics generated $180,000 in IGA Supports Future Champions Variety Dinner donations for state programs in 2012. Our biggest annual In August, IGA launched the Future Champions campaign in support of Congratulations to Detective event is held in August Special Olympics Australia and Little Superintendent Scott Whyte of the each year and the Athletics Australia. The campaign, NSW Police Force on his election Special Olympics Dance which showcased some of our to the Law Enforcement Torch Run Group are the stars young Special Olympics athletes, International Executive Council as of the show. ran for a three-week period across the Oceania Region Coordinator. Golf Days television, radio, online media and This is a key role in a working In 2012, over ten through in-store promotions. During partnership that began in the US in corporate golf days the campaign the profits from the 1981 and has raised over $400 million continued to provide purchase of specific IGA Signature for the global movement. an attractive way to and catalogue products raised funds Corporate Volunteers fundraise. In October, for both organisations and Special In 2012, more corporate supporters two major events held Olympics Australia received $160,000 enjoyed volunteering at our Community in partnership with the to support community sports and Sports Link events, including staff IGA/Cavallaro Group schools programs. from Cisco Systems Australia, HP, News and Gloria Jean’s Coffees According to Michele Teague, General Australia, Adecco Group, PwC, Sales raised $80,000 to support Manager Marketing, Metcash Food Force, SAS, McGrathNichol, ANZ Bank, the national program as & Grocery, ‘Our national Future Metcash IGA, Moore Stephens and well as local groups. Both Champions promotion was a major Ferrier Hodgson. events are now part of our success for the IGA business. Over annual fundraising calendar. Volunteers from Bupa also supported Supporting these events is 1,427 stores supported the campaign over 100 young Special Olympics to raise much needed funds to allow Srixon and Loudmouth Clothing athletes to enjoy the Sanitarium who donate equipment for more young athletes to discover their Weet-bix TRYathlon series in major personal best.’ our golf events. cities across Australia. 10
Carl O’Farrell is an energetic teenager who loves swimming, football and tenpin bowling. Carl says he likes Special Olympics, ‘ because it makes me feel like other kids and I don’t have to worry about what I can’t do. I can compete to the best of my ability and make new friends.’ His proud dad is also a big fan of the program, and both continue to support our fundraising and awareness campaigns. They are shown here at the DisabiliTea held in Sydney Olympic Park and Carl was also one of the stars of the IGA Future Champions campaign. Photo by News Australia. 11
Connecting Fans and Funds (continued) Grant Funding – $15,550 - Government of South Special Olympics Charity Cup With a coordinated approach to grant Australia - Office for Recreation The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs submissions we were able to raise over and Sport vs South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL clash $1.1 million across the organisation at ANZ Stadium in June 2012 was our – $44,358 - State Government of in 2012. Our new grants guideline first Special Olympics Charity Cup. Both Victoria - Department of Planning policies, toolkit and technology teams showed support for our athletes and Community Development continue to improve our success, and by asking fans to make a donation to our tracking and acquittal processes – $33,000 - Healthway (WA) the corporate volunteers from SAS are delivering accurate and transparent shaking buckets around the reporting to our funding partners. Fundraising Campaigns stadium. The event was Diversifying our funding and driving sponsored by Retravision. Special Olympics Australia also improved awareness of Special secured $84,206 from the Australian Olympics continues with our external Marketing & Communications Government Department of Families, Award-Winning Communications partnerships and appeals. Housing, Community Services and Special Olympics Australia, in Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) for Kilimanjaro Challenge collaboration with our long-term volunteer development across Inspired by Salihin bin Sinai, the first supporters at Sefiani Communications seventeen regions. Special Olympics athlete from the Group, were highly commended by the Asia-Pacific region to climb to the The St George Foundation also Public Relations Institute of Australia peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, generously provided $114,000 for the (PRIA) at their annual awards for the a team of Australians spent 2012 Junior National Games. successful launch announcement training to match his achievement of the Special Olympics Asia Pacific while raising money for Special State Government Olympics Australia. Board members, Games, which was held at the Sydney Relationships Opera House. Mark Streeting and Kim Bryan In 2012, building state government were just two of the adventurers. By hosting competitions of critical relations and funding partnerships Collectively our team raised $92,000 mass, particularly in regional centres, was crucial in developing local to support our programs. Special Olympics can extend our programs and building volunteer partnership opportunities, create Gift Voucher Books capacity. Thank you to the following awareness and build more capacity Sales of our Little Star gift voucher for your contribution: to open doors. books achieved 59% growth on 2011. – $30,000 - ACT Government Of the $200,000+ raised for Special According to NSW Premier, Barry Olympics, $101,608 was donated back O’Farrell, whose government have – $10,000 - ACT Government - to local programs to support sports provided funding of $1 million to host Territory & Municipal Services - development, volunteering, coaching the Games, ‘The economic impact of Sport and Recreation and athlete expenses. As a result of the Asia Pacific Games to Newcastle – $1 million - NSW Government the program the national office have and the Hunter region is estimated at for Special Olympics Asia received new athlete, volunteer and $10 million.’ Pacific Games supporter interest. Our Patron – $250,000 - Newcastle City Council Mater Lottery Special Olympics Australia is for Special Olympics Asia An ongoing partnership with Mater proud to have Her Excellency, the Pacific Games Lotteries was piloted in 2012 and honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC, is expected to raise much needed CVOA, Governor-General of the – $17,185 - NSW Government Commonwealth of Australia as funds to support Victoria and Office of Communities, our Patron. Ms Bryce gives very national development until 2016. Sport and Recreation generously of her time to support Online Fundraising Technology – $200,000 - NSW Government Special Olympics athletes and we were Donation and games appeals are Family & Community Services, honoured that she made the official just some of the campaigns running Ageing, Disability and Home Care announcement that Australia would through our in-house technology, with host the inaugural Special Olympics – $120,000 - Queensland the Trans Tasman Tournament and Asia Pacific Games and that her Government Department of the Junior National Games appeals prominent public position ensured National Parks, Recreation, raising over $65,000 in donations. great media coverage of the event. Sport and Racing Our technology tools are also being Brady Lum, President of Special used by our members and partners to – $174,200 - Queensland Olympics International also shared a support community fundraising. Government - Office of Liquor video message. and Gaming Regulation If a picture says a thousand words there is no need to explain that young athlete, Joshua Smith is proud of his achievements in Special Olympics. 12 This is where our funds go to. Photo by Geoff Windsor.
Project Local To give local programs a fundraising, marketing and communications channel to help them connect fans and raise funds, Special Olympics Australia launched an official web page for each of our 57 accredited regional programs. Through these pages, people can donate directly to their local Special Olympics sports program. Toolkits were provided to help regions promote their new web presence, as well as maintain and share local information with their community and members. Personal Best Creative Our personal best marketing and messaging platform translates the spirit and goals of our athletes, volunteers and supporters and runs across all print, online and communications resources. Thanks to Cato Brand Partners the personal best message has quickly become part of our language across the organisation. Social Media Success Special Olympics Australia have strategically used a variety of social media channels to promote our successes and share news so we were delighted to be named as one of the top ten not-for-profit online media users in the Wirth Consulting report, State of Social Media Use in Australian Non-Profit Organisations. 13
While athletes with an intellectual disability are our focus, we couldn’t deliver our programs without our fantastic volunteers. Photo by Ross Holmes, The Light Platform. 14
Developing a Strong Leadership and Volunteer Culture By working as a unified organisation, Volunteer Development Online Accreditation celebrating our achievements and Special Olympics Australia are All regional and state Special Olympics establishing clear processes we encourage looking to create a Volunteer Toolkit programs are reviewed every two people to give freely of their time and training schedule based on the years to ensure that they meet our and position ourselves as an attractive successful roll-out of these tools in accreditation policy and uphold place for volunteer leaders. Victoria in 2012. This will include an the quality standards expected by update of our online development the global organisation. In 2012, Celebrating Athlete Leaders modules which have been accessed accreditation applications could be Each year Special Olympics Australia by 4,000 unique users to date. completed online, which significantly presents two key awards to celebrate reduced administration time and A revamped Members Area of our the dedication of volunteers and the paperwork for both volunteers website has already been launched determination and courage of athletes. and staff. to assist volunteers in accessing The EKS Award is presented to an important Special Olympics athlete, or athletes, who have shown information, such as coaching guides, great leadership skills both on and off policies and publications. Hall of Fame the field. The award, named in honour 2012 Norm Maroney APM, OAM (NSW) of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS), the Volunteer Opportunities 2011 Robyn Cook OAM (VIC) founder of the global Special Olympics Major competitions give Special 2010 Susan Grealy (QLD) movement, is presented in September Olympics volunteers and coaches 2009 Rex Langthorne AM (NSW) to coincide with EKS Day celebrations. opportunities to develop their team 2008 Alan Burke (VIC) management skills, experience the 2007 Eric Jones OAM (VIC) In 2012, we had two very deserving thrill of being part of a representative 2007 Kurt Kraushofer OAM (VIC) winners Steven White (Victoria) and team and celebrate their role with 2006 Barry Easy OAM (NSW) ‘Rusty’ Nelligan (Western Australia). athletes and fellow volunteers. As our 2006 Marian York (QLD) Both athletes have participated competition calendar grows, there 2005 Robyn Hanson OAM (TAS) in Special Olympics for more than are now plenty more opportunities to 2004 Anna-Louise Kassulke (QLD) twenty years, they are active be part of a delegation, whether that 2003 Jan Sharp OAM (VIC) members of our Athlete Leadership be at state, national or international 2002 Leon Burwell OAM (NSW) Programs and have represented level. And our National Selection 2001 Carol Tanner OAM (TAS) Australia on the international stage. Committee ensures that the selection 2000 Des Renford MBE, OHC (NSW) Celebrating Volunteers of officials for these opportunities is fair and transparent. EKS Award Winners Norm Maroney from NSW is the 2012 Steven White (VIC) fifteenth volunteer to be inducted into the Special Olympics Australia A Decade Of Selections 2012 Rusty Nelligan (WA) In 2012, we celebrated ten years 2011 Andrew Williams (VIC) Hall of Fame, an honour given annually of the National Selection Committee, 2010 John Faulkner (QLD) to a volunteer who has shown long- which was established to ensure rigorous 2009 Saxon Graham (NSW) term dedication to the organisation. and transparent processes for team 2008 Gabrielle Clark (NSW) Norm was a popular choice. His selections. This volunteer committee 2008 Kelly Wren (NSW) nomination was not only supported also selects candidates for professional 2007 Christopher Farmer (SA) by athletes, families and fellow development opportunities as well as volunteers, but also by police the recipients of our key annual awards. Athlete Board colleagues, including NSW Police Representatives Commissioner Andrew Scipione. Making Volunteering Easier Ben Haack (National) Norm was recognised for establishing Many of our volunteers wear Allister Peek (ACT) and developing the Special Olympics multiple hats because they are Barry Cross (TAS) Sydney South (NSW) program, passionate about what they do, but Jeff Knight (TAS) creating a sustainable state we recognise that this can lead to Brad Osborne (WA) committee in NSW, inspiring the volunteer burnout. So, through our Jason Nelson (NSW) strong partnership with the Law new accreditation model we are Kale Files (VIC) Enforcement Torch Run in NSW and developing a culture where volunteers Kim Flannigan (SA) for his role on the inaugural National are encouraged to fill one role. Tom Roy (QLD) Selection Committee, among many Not only will this support each other notable achievements. volunteer in being able to manage their tasks it also helps our committees work most efficiently. In addition, we are actively seeking new volunteers through schools, universities and corporate partners. 15
Establishing Sustainable Capabilities Working as a unified organisation, New Board Members ensuring effective management and In 2012, we officially welcomed financial processes are critical if we are Michael Hogan, Nigel Milan AM and to reach our athlete growth target. Ben Haack to the Special Olympics Australia Board of Directors. We Our Structure also farewelled former Chair, Rex With 3,000 volunteers and 57 regional Langthorne AO after serving the committees we have a framework maximum term as a Board member to deliver sport at a local level. and Jacinta Baldwin, former Vice- Through seven state and territory Chair who resigned to pursue an committees and staff we have overseas opportunity. the administrative support for these regions, and at a national Games Management office level we organise In 2012, representatives from Special and manage national and Olympics Australia welcomed international competition colleagues from Special Olympics New pathways, as well as Zealand and Special Olympics Samoa service the key areas for a three-day training seminar on of fundraising and the international Games Management finance, governance, System (GMS). GMS is a competition communications, tool that manages electronic entries, marketing and divisioning, results and reporting technology. and has been used effectively in Australia at National and State Games. Training was delivered by GMS-expert Reuben Silva from Special Olympics International supporting the global plan to have all accredited programs GMS-capable by mid-2013. New Staff Policies To maintain annual labour costs at a minimum and implement policies in areas that need to be covered, a comprehensive Staff Handbook was provided to all staff across the country outlining a unified set of procedures and requirements for anyone employed by Special Olympics Australia. Financial Planning To ensure that we are working together in using the best financial practice at all levels of the organisation, Special Olympics Australia rolled-out a national Finance Manual to treasurers of all state, territory and local programs, which included templates for annual budgeting. Annual budgets are now required from all regions and states as part of Special Olympics accreditation. Adrian Salvatore (Victoria) in training for the Trans Tasman 16 Tournament in Cairns. Photo by News Australia.
Around the States New South Wales Queensland Victoria ‘Congratulations to all of our regions ‘This year, Queensland has seen ‘2012 was a successful year due to our and the many dedicated volunteers exceptional growth in athletes, sports Board, state office and local regions who give their time each week for the and regions. Nearly every weekend there working together. While there will benefit of people with intellectual has been a regional sports competition never be a limit to what we want to disability. As NSW Chair, I am proud to and next year we will host the first achieve for our athletes, everyone see how far we have come over the past clustered State Games. This is possible should feel very proud of their 12 months and 2013 promises to be because coaches, committee members, efforts.’ Carl Walsh, Chair, Special even better.’ Peter Wren, Chair Special staff and the State Board continue to Olympics Victoria. Olympics NSW. work together.’ Greg Bartley, Chair, Special Olympics Queensland. Highlights Highlights − Increased athlete numbers by 59%. − Increased athlete numbers by 26%. Highlights − Increased athlete numbers by 110%. − Held three multi-sports State − Launched the North Coast and Games, with one including a Illawarra regions and welcomed − Launched two new regions in back Central West. Healthy Athletes program. Logan and Mackay. − Launched our Annual Sports − Increased the number of regional − Added four new sports to our weekly Calendar with guests including competitions by 15%. program, bringing our official sports The Hon Graham Annesley MP to 13. − Sent state teams to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. − Hosted a State Games with ten Trans Tasman Tournament in − Held our first multi-sports sports, thanks to Sunshine Coast Queensland and the Junior State Games in Shoalhaven City Council. National Games in NSW. with five sports. − Hosted the second Trans Tasman − Launched our second Young − Hosted the inaugural Trin Taber Tournament in Cairns. Athletes program. Cricket Cup due to a generous donation of $200K from − Launched a winter sports program − Conducted 46 Community Sports NSW Minister for Disability, in partnership with the Gold Link multi-week programs. Andrew Constance. Coast Department of Sport and Recreation with three Queensland − Hosted twelve corporate − Held a Community Sports Link volunteering days with Adecco, Grand Final Day at Allianz Stadium athletes selected to represent Australia at the 2013 World Bupa and Booz&Co. to celebrate International Day of People with Disability. Winter Games. − Established a committee to − Received $125,000 from our − Launched a sports program ensure fair selections for partners at the Law Enforcement specifically for disability service state competitions. Torch Run (LETR). providers. − Rolled-out training of the − Partnered with Commonwealth − Received funding to support Volunteer Management Toolkit Bank to secure $9000 for 30 schools to take part in the to all regions. Community Sports Link in western Community Sports Link program and north-western Sydney. which will expand in 2013. − Congratulated Victorian athlete Steven White who shared the − Partnered with Newcastle − Congratulated Queensland EKS Award for leadership. Permanent to promote Community athlete Ben Haack who was Sports Link in the Hunter region. elected to the National Board. − Held an inaugural Chinese New − Congratulated former NSW Chair − Welcomed Tom Roy as the athlete Year Charity Football Shield. Norm Moroney who was inducted representative to the Queensland − Received $123,000 in grant funding. into the Special Olympics Australia State Board. Hall of Fame. − Created a forum for regional − Hosted twelve internships for Chairs to share ideas. − Welcomed cricketer Pat Cummins university students at the as a NSW Sports Ambassador. state office. Find out more at Find out more at Find out more at www.specialolympics.com.au/nsw www.specialolympics.com.au/qld www.specialolympics.com.au/vic 17
Tasmania ‘There have been numerous successes this year, but we’re especially pleased to have increased athlete numbers, particularly among young athletes which has lowered our ageing athlete demographic. Both volunteers and athletes from all regions are to be congratulated on their participation and assistance in executing our strategic plan.’ Peter Flood, Chair, Special Olympics Tasmania Highlights − Increased athlete numbers by 13%. − Hosted three multi-sports State Games and three single sport State Games. − Held 27 Community Sports Link events across all regions. − Delivered 30 sports programs. − Changed our ageing demographic, with the majority of our athletes now between 10-19 years of age. − Held our first Athlete Leadership Programs graduation ceremony. − Relaunched the annual Carol Tanner Award. Patrick Francis from Special Olympics Melbourne West loves tenpin bowling and swimming, and in 2012 he represented Victoria in bowling at the Trans Tasman Tournament where he returned home with a bronze medal in team competition. Outside of Special Olympics, Patrick is also a talented and award-winning artist. Photo by News Australia Find out more at 18 www.specialolympics.com.au/tas
Western Australia South Australia Australian Capital Territory ‘I would like to congratulate each and ‘2012 was a year of transition, but also ‘In the coming year we will start clubs every one of you on your achievements of achievement. We have localised the in areas that do not have a Special in 2012. Your prowess and passion have National Strategy to achieve growth Olympics program and move into resulted in many great moments and and make a greater impact in our winter sports competition. We are also a growing public profile for Special state. We are also developing great proud to host the Canberra Centenary Olympics in WA.’ Canon Richard partnerships with the government Swimming Competition, a first of its Pengelley, Chair, Special Olympics and business community to create a kind, and our athletes can’t wait to take Western Australia. sustainable program. ’ Roseanne Healy, part in the Asia Pacific Games.’ Glenn Chair, Special Olympics South Australia. Keys, Chair, Special Olympics ACT. Highlights − Increased athletes numbers by Highlights Highlights 6.5% and volunteers by 52%. − Increased athlete numbers by 18%. – Increased athlete numbers by 37%. − Increased schools participation in the Community Sports Link − Hosted 22 Community Sports Link − Added gymnastics and cricket to program by 21%. events across every region directly the weekly sports program with resulting in 62 new athletes. both sports funded by the state − Increased individual student − Hosted our first State of Origin sports organisations. participation in the Community Sports Link program by 33%. against Western Australia with − Hosted three multi-sports State − Hosted the first multi-sports State athletes competing in five sports, Games with Healthy Athletes Games overseen by a new State plus Healthy Athletes. included in our final event. Management Committee. − Secured a partnership with Cricket − Received funding from the ACT − Sent teams to the Victoria State South Australia to host a national Government to host the inaugural Invitational Games, State of Origin cricket event in Adelaide in 2013. Canberra Centenary Swimming in South Australia, Junior National − Realigned our regional Competition in 2013. Games in NSW and Trans Tasman boundaries to better fit with − Welcomed Wallabies star, Pat Tournament in Queensland. local government authorities and McCabe as a sports ambassador. − Introduced a junior basketball create more local committees to and soccer program. share the load. − Established a committee to ensure fair selections of − Hosted the first graduation for − Changed our ageing demographic athletes and officials for state mentors and mentees in our with the majority of our athletes competitions. Athlete Leadership Programs. now under 18 years of age. − Continued our partnerships with − Congratulated WA athlete, − Recruited a new skills-based board. ‘Rusty’ Nelligan who shared Bendigo Bank and the CFMEU, and the EKS Award for leadership. added Westpac ACT as a partner. − Congratulated WA mentor, Akram Azimi who was named Young ial Olympics h Australian of the Year. ec .’ ‘Sp Patrick as changed my life − Held an inaugural reception, acknowledging athletes, volunteers and supporters. Fran − Established a physical state office. cis, VIC Find out more at Find out more at Find out more at www.specialolympics.com.au/wa www.specialolympics.com.au/sa www.specialolympics.com.au/act 19
Working Together Volunteers are the backbone of Special Tony McGrath Major General Mick Olympics Australia and they contribute Tony is Partner and Chairman Slater AO DSC CSC at all levels of the organisation from of McGrathNicol and brings Mick is the Australian grassroots programs to state committees considerable financial Army’s Forces Commander and the National Board. expertise and a network of and has held a broad The National Board guide the strategic contacts to Special Olympics Australia. range of command, instructional and direction of Special Olympics Australia He can be often found working on policy roles. Most recently, Mick led and officially meet at least four times. the TMA Sports Lunch committee, the state-wide recovery from the You will often spot them at a sporting attending a function or hosting a devastating Queensland floods. competition or fundraising event too. fundraising event. Appointed April 2007. He’s a fan of Special Olympics and is often seen at competitions. Appointed Mark Streeting Robyn Sefiani October 2011. (Chair) Robyn has over 27 years experience in public Ben Haack Mark is a partner with relations and is Founder Ben is a Special Olympics PricewaterhouseCoopers. and Managing Director athlete, coach, volunteer He has advised many of Sefiani Communications Group. and leader, and brings vast major corporations and government Sefiani’s is an award-winning agency and experience to the Board. departments on strategic and policy Robyn and her staff have been sharing He has played sport at all levels, has direction, pricing, marketing and their expertise with Special Olympics served on regional and international communications. Mark has two sons Australia on a pro-bono basis since 2000. committees, and is an accomplished in the program and is also a local Appointed May 2008. speaker and advocate. Appointed volunteer. Appointed April 2007. May 2012. Max Jackson Anna-Louise (Vice Chair) Kassulke Michael Hogan Anna-Louise is Service Michael brings a depth Max is an experienced Manager at Gold Coast of capability in the areas consultant, providing Recreation & Sport. She of public affairs, public training and consultancy is passionate about sport and Special profile management, policy services to government-funded, Olympics, and was instrumental analysis and government relations. voluntary and private sector in establishing Special Olympics He is a passionate believer in the work organisations in Victoria. Max has Queensland. She is a volunteer, athlete of Special Olympics Australia and has been an active member of Special mentor and has been Head of Delegation a son who has both participated and Olympics for many years and was once for two Australian teams competing at served in the organisation. Appointed Chair of Special Olympics Victoria. the World Games. Appointed April 2009. July 2012. Appointed April 2007. Kim Bryan Luke Sayers Nigel Milan AM Luke is the National Nigel has a distinguished Kim is Vice President, Managing Partner and CEO background in media. His Talent and Organisational of PwC Australia where he roles as Chief Executive Development at QR leads the strategic direction Officer for SBS and the National and has of Australia’s largest and most respected Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia over twenty years experience in professional services firm. Luke joined have connected him with some of the communications and marketing, Special Olympics to inspire people with most highest-profiled individuals in with a particular interest in brand an intellectual disability to achieve their Australia. Appointed July 2012. development and cultural change. best. Appointed June 2011. She spent last year training to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to raise money * Dr Jacinta Baldwin resigned during the for Special Olympics Australia. Jon Scriven year and Rex Langthorne AM served the maximum term. Appointed April 2007. Jon is Group Executive, People & Corporate Services for Qantas where he is responsible for human resources as well as overseeing the Office of the Chief Executive Officer. He is looking forward to helping us reach out to more athletes. Appointed August 2011. 20
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