Casey Special O gymnast team announced as state award finalists

  • Date: 19 July 2018
  • Category: News

Casey Gymnastics Special O team members (left to right) Chris Sizer, Miles Davis and Curtis Damato have been nominated for a state award after a stellar 2018 season.

Casey Gymnastics Special O team has been nominated as a finalist for the Carbine Club Team of the Year at the 2018 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation (VDSR) Awards to be held on Wednesday 1 August.

The annual VDSR Awards recognise the achievements of people with disability, those who support them and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across the state.

The Casey Gymnastics Special O team competes in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics stream and includes three male gymnasts, Chris Sizer, Curtis Damato and Miles Davis, who identify with Down Syndrome, Autism and other related intellectual disabilities.

They have competed at State and National level across competitions hosted by Special Olympics. All three team members individually compete across six apparatus including floor, high bar, parallel bar, rings, pommel horse and vault.

Across the last 12 months the team and individuals have achieved great results including:

  • Third overall at the Special Olympics Nationals 2018 Level 1
  • First and second overall at the Victorian State Championships 2018 Level 1

Berwick Leisure Centre Gymnastics Coordinator, Lauren Rogers, said the team has always shown a high work ethic in the lead up to their competitions, increasing their training hours to perfect their routines.

“The team are always encouraging one another at competition, as well as other teams competing alongside them,” she said. “The boys have shown resilience through tough times and always held themselves to a high standard, beaming with enjoyment throughout the day and putting a smile on so many people’s faces.”

The Carbine Club Team of the Year recognises a Victorian disability sports or recreation team that, over the past 12 months, has:

  • shown a high level of commitment to their sport or recreation activities
  • acted as a role model to other teams and shown a high level of sportsmanship
  • achieved outstanding results at a state, national, international, or elite level.