The Southern Cross : June 2010
The Southern Cross June 2010 Page 17 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au sport Catholic Charities 39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000 GPO Box 1364, Adelaide SA 5001 Ph: 08 8210 8125 Fax: 08 8232 8820 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ABN: 29 608 297 012 Charity Licence: 25 Diary Dates Catholic Charities 70th Anniversary Year: 30 August 2010---30 August 2011 Month of September Catholic Charities Appeal in schools and parishes 13th September: Annual Golf Day Badge Day: 3rd November Chairman, Dean Sherry, with Tuesday 'Gents' Peter Ferrier, Peter McCarthy and Kevin Morrissey with Joan Young, Executive Officer of Catholic Charities. Peter Wright is also a Tuesday Gent---get well soon Peter. The Chairman, Dean Sherry, and the Catholic Charities Committee, thank our many volunteers who assist us in the parishes, schools and community. A special group, 'The Tuesday Gentlemen' help in the office on a Tuesday, and between them these 'Gents' have clocked up over 70 years helping in the Catholic Charities Office. We welcome volunteers and please call the office if you would like to assist. Thank you to our volunteers Eighteen months ago, Mercedes College student Gabriel Cole was dreaming of a life like soccer mega- star David Beckham. Now he's rubbing shoulders with Australia's elite track and field athletes. He's just been selected for Australia's Commonwealth Games Senior Athletics team due to compete in India in October. Gabriel, from Malvern, will run the 100m sprint in the T46 categor y against athletes with similar disabilities. Gabriel was born with a shor ter left arm and two fingers. "I was absolutely blown away," he says of the selection. "I never thought I would be a sprinter." It wasn't long ago that the 18-year- old spent most of his time on the soccer-field, having competed in the game since he was 10-years-old. Gabriel star ted track training under two years ago with Mercedes College sprinting coach Ellen Bailey, who immediately referred him to track and field guru Steve Butler. Since then, Gabriel's taken out three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and long-jump at last year's World Youth Paralympic Games in Melbourne. The result catapulted him to a world number one ranking for under 20 for 100m and 200m, and world number five in the open division for 100m and 200m. He has a personal best time of 11.46 seconds following the Melbourne Athletics Grand Prix in March. Now he has his sights set on gold in Delhi and the world championships in New Zealand next year. After that, he's aiming for the Olympic Games in London. "I would like to go as far as the Olympics. I want to travel overseas." Several months ago Gabriel was included on the national emerging talent program of the Australian Paralympic Committee. His addition to the program -- known as "the road to London 2012' -- followed a silver medal in the open division at the National Championships in Brisbane last year. Mercedes College Principal, Peter Daw, said the school was proud of Gabriel's achievements. "I am sure that two years ago he would never have dreamed that all of this could be possible," said Mr Daw. "But now he is living proof that if you have a goal and you give it your all -- anything can be achieved. Full speed ahead ROAD TO LONDON: Year 12 Mercedes College student Gabriel Cole has been selected for Australia's Commonwealth Games team as a 100m sprinter.