Victorian gymnast Patrick Forssman selected for 2019 Special Olympics World Games
Gymnastics Victoria are proud to announce that Victorian gymnast Patrick Forssman has been selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi next year.
Patrick is one of 105 athletes to be selected for the Australian Team, with athletes competing across 11 sports. Alongside Gymnastics, the Special Olympics World Games will feature Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Sailing, Swimming and Tennis.
The Australian Gymnastics team is made up of six athletes, with Patrick being the only gymnast selected to represent Victoria. Patrick is a gymnast at Aerosport Allstars where he has been training for the past 10 years. In 2018, Patrick qualified for the Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide where he won the Gold Medal for his performance on Pommel Horse, as well as winning the All-Around competition.
Selection for the World Games was based on the athlete’s performance at the National Games. Given the number of talented athletes that Patrick competed against, it is an incredible achievement to be selected.
For Patrick, the opportunity to represent Australia at the world games only comes around once in a lifetime. When asked how Patrick felt when he found out he had been selected for the team, he said that he is “very excited and proud to represent Australia”.
Patrick competing at the 2017 Victorian Championships
Patrick’s mother, Jenny, was pleasantly surprised when she received the news of Patrick’s selection for the Australian team.
“You have no idea how incredible it was to receive the news that Patrick had been selected. It was quite a shock! We booked flights and accommodation in Abu Dhabi within 12 hours of finding out Patrick had been chosen for the team. There is no way we’re going to miss out on this opportunity!” said Jenny.
Even though Patrick won his Gold Medal at the National Games on Pommel Horse, he is most excited to compete on the Parallel Bars at the World Games.
Each of the athletes selected for the Australian World Games team have set fundraising goals to help them get to Abu Dhabi next year. Patrick has a goal of $7,000 to help him attend the competition. If you would like to support Patrick in the form of a donation, visit this page
We wish Patrick all the best in his preparation for the World Games!