Ambassadors

Ben Creagh – Captain St George Illawarra Dragons

Australian & NSW Representative / NRL Title 2010

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“The Disability Trust does a lot of great work for people with disabilities in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. I especially like the wide range of sporting and recreational programs they offer children and young adults. The programs give the participants an opportunity to learn about teamwork, mateship and having a go which I know is not only enjoyable but an important part of life. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be involved with The Disability Trust and look forward to being part of and helping out with their programs.“

Oscar Foreman – Captain Wollongong Hawks

NBL Championship 2006 / NBL All Star / 2011 NBL Award Winner

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“I am proud to support The Disability Trust who enable people with disabilities to have access to quality sporting and recreational programs in our local region. Sport has always been a great medium to help break down the barriers between people in our community and it’s great to see people with disabilities accessing these opportunities. The programs at The Disability Trust aim to improve not only the sporting skills and health and wellbeing of their participants but more importantly create social opportunities for the participants to connect with their peers. I wish all the participants of The Disability Trust all the best in their respective activities throughout 2014.”

Jacob Timpano – Captain South Coast Wolves

A League Champion Sydney FC & Captain Australian U23 Team

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“In my time in playing football no matter what the level I have always found sport to be a great vehicle in bringing a community together. Over the past few years I have been involved with The Disability Trust and their sporting program’s and their is no greater example of inclusion than this organisation. They promote a healthy lifestyle in a fun and supportive environment which encapsulates what sport is all about. I wish all the participants the best in 2014 in their chosen activities.”

David & Emma McKeon – Australian Swim Team

David Olympian 2012 London Olympics

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“I am excited and honoured to be involved with The Disability Trust who are the leading disability service provider in our region. The Trust has upmost importance within our ever growing community. With recreational opportunities for people with a disability ensures that individuals can enjoy the benefits of physical activity and employment within the Illawarra community.”

John Maclean – Australian Paralympion

Australian Paralympion / Hawaiian Ironman / English Channel Swimmer

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John is a highly sought after motivational speaker, Author of two Auto biographical books, first wheelchair athlete to complete the gruelling Hawaiian Ironman, first wheelchair athlete to swim the English Channel, two time Para Olympics athlete in two disciplines, Sydney to Hobart, and the list goes on and on. In September 2007 John and his rowing partner claimed a silver medal at the Rowing World Championships and a GOLD in Italy at the International Regatta in April 2008. John went on to win a Silver medal at the 2008 Beijing games. John is currently embarking on his latest mission: to obtain Gold at the 2012 London Paralympics. John’s personal mission statement is – “ONLY POSSIBILITIES”… and he encourages all other’s who participate in Sport & Recreation programs in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, to share his vision and he is looking forward to being an Ambassador for Sport & Recreation Services.

Rebecca Bulley – Australian Diamonds Netball Representative

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“I am delighted to be an ambassador for The Disability Trust and in particular their Netball program – The Eagles. I believe that netball and sport in general, is just as important in the life of a person with a disability, as it is in mine. Through sport, these participants have the opportunity to develop their social skills, independence and confidence, whilst also benefitting their health and wellbeing. I look forward to working with The Disability Trust to encourage more participants to give netball a go and for the wider community to get behind and support not only this wonderful program but all opportunities people with disabilities can access though The Disability Trust.”

Trent Merrin – St George-Illawarra Dragons and NSW Blues representative

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“My involvement with The Disability Trust, has shown me how important it is to provide as many opportunities as we can to people with disabilities in the wider community and how much the can offer to our local community. Some of the opportunities that The Trust is able to pass on are sporting and social skills, breaking down barriers for inclusion and mateship.

Being involved with the Trust has shown me it is all about the individual’s ability and what they can achieve and not the disability. With my involvement with The Disability Trust I’m sure I will get more in return from my role as an ambassador for the programs than what I am able to contribute. Being part of this great organisation will mean I can learn as much as I can about our local disability community and ensure I can do my part to ensure we have an inclusive environment for all participants of The Disability Trust.”

Josh Webster Fresh Breakfast C91.3FM Macathur

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“I’ve been associated with The Disability Trust since 2010, hosting various functions & events through Friends of The Disability Trust. After my first function for TDT I knew this organisation was something amazing. The opportunities and programs provided to the participants through sports, arts & the various other programs is first class. To be able to see the participants learn different skills both individually and in team environments is something very special. I’m grateful and feel very honoured to be involved with The Disability Trust, to help create an inclusive world for all.”