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Kuringgai Chase Fun Run

Written by Annabel Schweikert

Photography by the Knox Tech Crew

Community and group sport has long been a catalyst in bringing people together for a common love of the game. But it’s also these games that too often shine a light on the same few individuals.

Sydney’s Upper North Shore Special Olympics, one of 169 divisions worldwide – caters to over 250 athletes through training and competitions in order to celebrate the talents of those with an intellectual disability. In its sixth year, their annual fundraiser, the Kuringgai Chase Fun Run & Barry Easy Walk, is returning to Wahroonga.

For Greg Simmons, the love of sport is all about inclusion and accessibility. As co-founder of the event, and chairman of the board – he says the fundraiser, taking place on Sunday 18th March, has a core purpose of bridging the gap between community groups.

“We wanted to create a community based event which celebrated our Special Olympics athletes, and their love of sport. We wanted to bring sports to people with intellectual disability, and this is all about inclusion. Bringing the community together helps us to do this, as it’s the community and numerous volunteers that make the event what it is – and without it, these kids wouldn’t have the opportunity to do sport in the first place.” Greg said.

The event, which McConnell Bourn is sponsoring once again, has options for a 10km run, or a 5km walk. The day raises money for the Special Olympics and facilitates the work that they do in helping our local special athletes thrive in the sports they are passionate about.

“We’ve always had fantastic volunteers and businesses help us along the way. Knox Grammar for example, always provides us with fantastic volunteers – who work as buddies for our athletes… we have three or four Knox boys per athlete, and this really helps our athletes feel included and makes it such a feel-good event.” Greg said.

As a finisher to the event, activities such as the ‘Come ‘N Try Community Carnival’, a BBQ, Community Market & Picnic all take place.

Registrations for the event are open now.

For information on how to register, sponsor or donate, visit

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