A TEAM of 10 athletes from ConnectGV are putting their months of training to the test this week, taking part in the 21st Annual Tri State Games in Horsham.
Dubbed the Shepparton Stars, the team, comprising of Ben Grapentin, Ben Sission, Carley Favaro, Emma Kilpatrick, Julie Oldfield, Sam Cook, Isaiah Briggs, Peter McKay, Geoffrey Smith and Luke Godden are taking part in events including shot put, various walking and running events, table tennis, lawn bowls, bean bag target throw and various swimming events.
Directions manager, Treena Best said, “The costs associated with 10 people with a disability and four support staff travelling to Horsham for a week are very high so we are so very thankful for the support of the community that has ensured these 10 athletes can realise their dream to compete.
“Last year we had a team of six attend the games. They had such a wonderful time that many of them have returned this year, along with some that haven’t competed before, who, after hearing all about it, couldn’t wait to start training!”
Team coach/instructor, Julie Keillor said, “It is great that we are able to take a larger team this year. Those that attended last year are keen to do their best and add to their swag of medals from last year and the first time athletes are enjoying the camaraderie of the games.”