Josh representing SA in Tasmania!
Josh, an employee of Orana’s Netley Business Services, has recently returned from Tasmania, where he represented South Australia at the Australian Special Olympics, and we couldn’t be more proud to share his story.
Josh competed in ten-pin bowling with a team of elite South Australian athletes, returning with two ribbons and a silver medal. The South Australian team included of five athletes, including Josh as Team Capitan, as well as a coach, volunteers, and a large cheer squad.
Since taking up the sport nine years ago, Josh has represented South Australia in a number of interstate competitions. He has continued to improve his skills by training every Friday, and his personal best score is an impressive 213 points. Josh’s confidence has sky-rocketed since beginning ten-pin bowling, in addition to his bowling abilities.
“I was shy when I first met my coach, over the years, my confidence has built up. I’m now a public speaker and ambassador for the Special Olympics.”
As Team Capitan, Josh competed in the team, doubles and singles competitions in South Australia.
Josh felt a tremendous amount of pride and nerves while representing South Australia, and he felt very fortunate to represent the state.
Being part of a community that Josh has been a part of for years, making new friends and reconnecting with others, and taking part in the opening ceremony are all meaningful events that happened over the duration of the Olympics.
“For me it’s not about winning, its about getting along with and making new friends. It’s about being a part of the community and getting involved.”
As a very proud Special Olympian, the event’s motto resonates well with Josh; Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
Congratulations on your fantastic achievements Josh, Orana is very proud!