Get behind our Aussie footballers at the Special Olympics

Not even a tropical cyclone could dampen the spirits of Team Australia when they gathered on the Gold Coast last weekend to prepare for the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

The Games, to be held in Los Angeles USA from July 25 – August 2, will be the largest sporting event in the world this year showcasing 7,000 athletes with an intellectual disability from 177 countries, competing across 26 sports.

Team Australia has 76 athletes and 29 volunteer officials contesting 12 sports, with eight athletes taking to the football pitch.

Liam O’Donnell is one of our Aussie football stars and he’s ready for LA.

“Special Olympics Australia has given me a lot of confidence and I am so proud to be representing my country,” Liam said.

“I will compete hard, play fair and hold my head up high.”

Fans of the world game who wish to help the Special Olympics Australia football team get to LA can make a tax deductible donation at

Because disability won’t stop them…but money might.

Team Australia Football Team
Brandyn Patterson, SA                                  Head Coach: Gavin Backhouse, NSW
Brendon Masters, WA                                   Assistant Coach: Bevan Heslehurst, QLD
Christopher Minutillo, WA
Jarrod Lantry, NSW
Jason Kappler, WA
Liam O’Donnell, ACT
Michael Baker, QLD
Zachary Spoor, ACT

INSET PHOTO: Liam O'Donnell