2008 Introductory Awards

  • Rachael Dodds- Athletics

    At 14 years of age, sprinter Rachael Dodds is going places fast- literally. Just 12 months after taking up the sport, this August she broke the 800m world record on the track for her t35 classification. A few days earlier she had unofficially broken the 400m world record, but was unable to claim it due to a failure...
  • Jarrod Larkins Law- Paralympic Football

    Jarrod is a young football( soccer) player with a never say die attitude who is determined to represent Australia. Competing in a sport called 7-a side CP football, which is for athletes with cerebral Palsy, Jarrod is not one to be modest about his potential. He states his goal is to be the best player in Australia for his...
  • James Steggell- Track and Field

    Track and field athlete James Steggell’s training has been given a boost through being awarded an introductory grant by the Sporting Dreams foundation. James, 14, has a vision impairment caused by cone rod dystrophy, but has not let that stop him pursuing his goals to one day represent Queensland and Australia at the Pacific Schools Games, Arafura Games...
  • Mason Ollerenshaw- Paralympic Football

    Twelve-year-old Mason Ollerenshaw dreams of becoming a Paralympian in soccer or wheelchair basketball. He took a step closer to achieving that dream when he was awarded an introductory grant by the Sporting Dreams foundation. Mason’s mum Melinda said the grant money would be used to attend Junior development program camps, where Mason will meet other young athletes with disabilities...
  • Jarrod Larkins-Law – Paralympic Football

    Jarrod has represented Australia in the Netherlands and Scottland. One of the original Sporting Dreams athletes in 2008, he has also been invited to train with the National squad in 2011-2012....


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