Good luck to all the athletes, including those with Down syndrome, representing Australia at the Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria over the next two weeks - information from the Special Olympics Australia website:
The Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Austria from 14-25 March 2017 where 3,000 athletes with an intellectual disability from 117 nations will compete across nine wintersports disciplines: Alpine skiing, figure skating, floor ball, floor hockey, Nordic skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding, speed skating and stick shooting, with floor hockey and floor ball having the most participants.
Australia will be represented by 12 athletes who will compete across two disciplines: Alpine skiing and snowboarding. They will be supported by five volunteer officials and cheered on by a small group of families and supporters at the Games and many more at home via social media.
This will be only the second-time that Australian athletes have competed in snowsports at a World Winter Games.
Team Australia departs for 2017 Winter Games - Stephanie Brantz interviews Team Australia as they prepare to depart for Austria, ESPN Australia/New Zealand, 13 March 2017