Olympic stars to help bring awareness to down syndrome

SOME of Australia’s favourite Olympic athletes will be in town this weekend for a special event at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Sally Pearson, Emma Moffatt, Dan Bowker are just some of the athletes that have signed on to host a meet and greet for down syndrome locals and their families at the venue on Saturday morning.

Organiser Britt Calling is hoping the event will help raise awareness of Down Syndrome.


“The event will give down syndrome families an awesome opportunity to meet our Australian athletes and I am hoping to bring some community awareness to down syndrome at the same time,” she said.

“I believe that Down syndrome is still largely misunderstood in society. I would really like the community to realise that people with down syndrome can become valued members of society and often assimilate normally and that they continue to live very meaningful lives.

“Thirty years ago, a person with Down syndrome had a life expectancy of around 40 and now they live to their late 60’s.  I believe the best statement that reflects Down syndrome is “Relax: its only an extra chromosome” and I would love for the community to understand this better.”

Locals are invited along to the meet and greet on October 11th from 10:30am to 11:30am at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. The event is being run with the support of Down Syndrome Association Qld (DSAQ).