Special Olympics Cricket Team Shows True Sporting Spirit

The Special Olympics ACT cricket team deserves the congratulations of all Canberrans after being crowned national champions beating South Australia in the final of the Special Olympics National Cricket Invitational in Adelaide over the weekend, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation Steve Doszpot said today.

“I’d like to lead the praise that this team deserves from the Canberra community. As part of the second division in the tournament, the ACT side led by head coach Gary O’Donnell defeated an unbeaten South Australian outfit in the final,” Mr Doszpot said.

“A high standard of cricket was played over the weekend and the final was decided in the last two overs where the ACT needed to pick up three wickets, including the winning wicket where Captain Liam O’Donnell bowled a South Australian batsman on the final ball of the match.

“It’s a terrific achievement for the team which first participated in the tournament last year, where they failed to win a game. What a fantastic improvement and achievement in 2014.

“Most of all it was a great weekend for the competitors mixing with new and old friends. I hope I can speak for all Canberrans in expressing my pride for what this team has done. It encompasses the true spirit of sport,” Mr Doszpot concluded.