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The largest autism-specific school sports carnival comes to Sydney Olympic Park

1 November 2022

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Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is bringing all nine of its schools together from around NSW and SA on Wednesday 16 November, to form the largest autism-specific sports event in the southern hemisphere.Over 500 students, teachers and family members are expected to attend the event at the Athletics Centre, Sydney’s Olympic Park, for a day of inclusivity and celebration.

Aspect’s National Director of Education, Maryanne Gosling, said “For a child on the autism spectrum, a traditional sports carnival can be quite overwhelming, with crowds, screaming and cheering.

At the Aspect Sports Carnival, students get to take part in activities of their choice, in a safe place, and with no judgement,” said Ms Gosling.

The event includes sports activities like 100m running races, hurdles, egg and spoon races, as well as some tailored activities such as sensory bubble popping. With students and parents encouraged to dress in their school colours – creating a spectrum of colours and inclusivity.

At Aspect, we foster the strengths, interests and aspirations of our students and the Sports Carnival gives every one a chance to participate in a range of activities that are adapted to suit the needs of the individual child on the autism spectrum.

Event Details:

  • Wednesday 16 November 2022
  • 10am-1.30pm
  • Athletic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre.

Definition and prevalence of autism

  • An estimated 1 in 70 Australians are on the autism spectrum
  • Autism can affect the way a person communicates and interacts with other people and his or her environment. Some people on the autism spectrum can have social communication difficulties, strong interests, sensory sensitivities and repetitive behaviour. Autism is completely unique to each individual
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