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International Day of People with Disability

3 December 2018

On Monday 3rd December we celebrate International Day of People with Disability. 

The United Nations’ sanctioned day aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions to society. The theme for this year is focussed on empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

This year, recently recruited Prospecting for Gold (P4G) athlete, Gerrard Gosens is Australia’s appointed patron for the internationally celebrated day.

Born with congenital blindness, Gerrard is a three-time Paralympian who represented Australia at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Goalball, then the 2000 Sydney Games and 2008 Beijing Games in long distance running. Now, as part of the P4G program, Gerrard is in training to be selected to represent Australia in triathlon at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and upcoming World Championships. 

During his spare time, Gerrard gives generously and undertakes numerous charitable acts. In addition to having run the 2,000 kilometres from Cairns to Brisbane five times, Gerrard has also co-piloted an ultra-light motor glider around Queensland all in the name of charity. 

However, his track record of achievements doesn’t end there having hiked to the summit of Mount Everest in the early 2000’s and been presented with the Order of Australia (OAM) award in 2012 in recognition of his service to sport and those who are vision-impaired.

Gerrard’s story is just one of the many inspiring stories of people with a disability achieving tremendous feats, defying the odds and overcoming adversity.

On International Day of People with Disability, the Queensland Academy of Sport will celebrate individuals, like Gerrard, who prove disability is no barrier to achieving your dreams.

Last updated
3 December 2018