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Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics

Sky's the Limit Mini Olympics logo

Since 2008, EET has been hosting the Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics for people with special needs at Beaton Park in Wollongong. Each year this event attracts hundreds of participants from Metropolitan Sydney, Southern NSW, the Illawarra and beyond enabling them to experience the exhilaration and joy of competition in a variety of sporting activities – just like the Olympics.

EET assists people with disability to develop skills that will help them achieve their life goals, increase their independence and participate as valued and active members of their community.

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Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics – 26th October 2017 – 10am to 2pm

Participate

In 2016 The Kerryn McCann Athletics Track in Wollongong played host to over 287 competitors from Sydney, the Illawarra and beyond as EET hosted its 9th Annual Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics for people with disability. This year, the event promises to be even bigger.

As the Illawarra’s largest sporting event for people with disability is a fun day out that promotes healthy lifestyles and the competitive spirit. The event provides an opportunity for competitors to strut their stuff and try a variety of track and field events such as 50m sprints, 400m race, shot put, vortex throw, long jump and high jump.

Something that differentiates the Mini Olympics from other sporting events is that volunteer buddies from partner schools, participate along side each competitor. Aside from providing assistance and support when needed, buddies are a valuable way of translating the strengths and ability of competitors out into the broader community. It’s also a great way to build rapport and make friends.

The Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics is more than a sporting event. It’s a day that celebrates diversity, broadens perspectives and enriches the community. Possibly its greatest achievement however, is a very simple one – putting smiles on faces.

Young woman racing in a wheelchair with a brilliant smile on her face

Would you like to support an event that gives all people with disability the opportunity to compete in a fun environment?

There are very few sporting events that are designed for all people with disability, however our annual Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics is changing this. Delivering a community event of this size requires lots of people-power, time, and resources to make it a success.

Would you like to get involved and help support an amazing event?

It is through the generosity of local businesses that EET can makes this event possible and provide people with disability the opportunity to demonstrate just what is achievable.

Each year, EET offers a selection of sponsorship packages that supportes can choose between. Categories are:

 

Gold Sponsor $5,000 includes:

  • Exclusive naming rights for the event,
  • promotion as major sponsor in all marketing material (logos will be required) and event programme
  • promotion as major sponsor across all media (where possible),
  • acknowledgment as major sponsor on all trophies and awards,
  • acknowledgment as major sponsor on signage at event (sponsor to supply signage), and
  • promotion as major sponsor during speeches throughout the day.

Silver Sponsor $1,000 each includes:

  • Promotion as support sponsor in program (logos will be required),
  • acknowledgment as support sponsor in other event publications,
  • signage at the event (sponsor to supply sign), and
  • acknowledgment as support sponsor over loudspeaker through the day.

Bronze Individual Event Sponsor – $100 each includes:

  • Acknowledgment as an individual event sponsor in programme, and
  • acknowledgment as event sponsor over loudspeaker during the specified event.
Young male competitor holding up his trophies in front of the Mini O sponsor board

Buddies

The 2017 Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics will be held at the Kerryn McCann Athletics track at Beaton Park – Wollongong, on Thursday, 26 October.

This will be the 10th year that the event has been held, with its popularity growing every year.

What’s a buddy?

One of the core ingredients of the event is the army of high school students who volunteer to assist as buddies for the athletes.

What to do?

Students are deployed to various tasks throughout the day, essentially helping athletes find their way around the venue, be at the right place at the right time, and providing encouragement to athletes during events.

Generally, buddies are required between 8.30 am – 2.00 pm. This year EET hopes to enlist twenty (20) to thirty (30) students from as many schools as possible.

If you are up the the task of becoming a buddy, please get in touch before the 1st September 2017. You can register your interest with:

Slavica Talevska on 0488 226 320 or by email SlavicaT@eetgroup.com.au, or

Tina Trucido on (02) 4227 3111, or by email: TinaT@eetgroup.com.au

A picture of a young man with disability running bedside his designated buddy

Get involved

Volunteer on the day

Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics is a community event that celebrates people with disabilities’ unlimited potential and enthusiasm for life. The key message being “have a go, enjoy and have fun”.

EET needs energetic volunteers who are willing to promote the event to the wider community. Is this something you would like to help with?

Volunteering is a rewarding and enriching experience as you are helping very deserving people by the giving of your time and skills which is to their and the community’s benefit.

If you’re interested in helping out on the day head over to our Volunteer With Us page for further information.

A group of colourfully clad volunteers helping to bring a smile to faces

Thank you!

Supporters

Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of local businesses and organisations who dedicate their time and resources towards the running of the event.

Our 2016 sponsor board recognises all those who have contributed and donated towards the running of the event. A lot of time, people power and resources goes into making the Mini O great and we would like to thank all those supporters who chipped in.

Sky's the Limit - Mini Olympics 2016 Sponsor Board with company logos who supported our Mini Olympics for 2016

Support Us

As the Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics approaches its 10th year, EET is proud of how far it’s come and how much it’s grown. which is why we need your support.

Delivering an event of this magnitude takes a lot of time and resources for a not-for-profit organisation. If you are thinking about coming on board as a sponsor, you can be confident that all funds raised go directly towards the running of the Mini Olympics.

Why does this mean so much?

The Mini Olympics brings everyone together in an integrated environment, whether you’re using your legs or six wheels. It’s all about enjoying yourself and having a go while having lots of fun.

Your support counts

It is only through the kindness and generosity of the community that EET can put on such an amazing day for people with disability. For those of you who have supported the Mini Olympics previously EET thanks you. For those looking to get on board this year, they applaud you.

Make a donation

If you would like to show your support for the sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics, please make a donation at the link below. You can also help to get the message out by sharing with your friends.

EET staff member photographed with a St George Illawarra Dragons RFL player