Stars out to shine bright

November 13, 2017

Back: Darryl Markey, Peter McKay, Luke Godden, Ben Grapentin, Sarah Molyneaux, Julie Keillor, Isaiah Briggs, Julie Oldfield and James Chittick. Front: Sam Cook, Emma Kilpatrick, Carley Favaro, Geoffrey Smith and Ben Session.

The Shepparton Stars athletics team completed its final training session last week ahead of the 21st annual Tri State Games.

ConnectGV’s team of 10 athletes travelled to Horsham yesterday to take part in the week-long sporting event, which attracts athletes from disability organisations throughout Victoria, NSW and South Australia.

ConnectGV support worker Darryl Markey said it was the second consecutive year the team had travelled to the games.

‘‘We’ve been training two times each week all year,’’ Mr Markey said.

With a focus on promoting active participation, friendly competition and positive social interaction for adults with a disability, the Shepparton Stars will compete in a variety of different sports.

‘‘They do a day of mixed sports; the second day is swimming, on Wednesday they have a break, Thursday is track and field and on Friday, they do indoor games,’’ Mr Markey said.

Mr Markey, along with fellow support workers Sarah Molyneaux, Julie Keilor and James Chittick, have made the team’s attendance possible combined with the fundraising efforts of the team that attended last year as well as ConnectGV’s major fundraising dinner in March this year.

Athletes Ben Grapentin, Ben Session, Carley Favaro, Emma Fitzpatrick, Julie Oldfield, Sam Cook, Isaiah Briggs, Peter McKay, Geoffrey Smith and Luke Gooden will take part in shotput, various walking and running events, table tennis, lawn bowls, bean bag target throw and various swimming events.

Ms Fitzpatrick said she was looking forward to competing in the event where she enjoyed participating in a range of different games.

The team coach, Ms Molyneaux, said those who attended last year were keen to do their best and add to their medal tally.

‘‘The first time athletes can’t wait to compete and experience the camaraderie of the games,’’ Ms Molyneaux said.

The team will return on November 18 and is looking forward to sharing its achievements upon its return.

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