People who help us help others

Abilympics WA couldn't exist without the generosity of time and money given to us by people who care. People who are keen to see others enabled to contribute to society, despite the barriers that may be in their way.

This page showcases the efforts made by individuals and groups that have allowed Abilympics WA to continue on year after year.

The Abilympics WA Committee

The following people have dedicated their time to keeping Abilympics WA on track.

The Board of Abilympics WA

President - Richard Higgins

Vice President - Glen Sutherland

Treasurer - Rachel Higgins

Secretary - Michelle Karniewicz

Committee Member - Hilary Weeks

Committee Member - George Karniewicz

Committee Member - Jane Hutch

Committee Member - Morag Wovodich

Committee Member - Cameron Neilson

Committee Member - Nadine Mather-Brown

Committee Member - Danielle Stitfall

John Fisher AM, Cit WA

In memory of the Original Friend of Abilympics

The late John Fisher AM (28.4.1930 to 01.08.2006) was the brains and energy behind Abilympics in Australia. John had been approached by the late Sir George Bedbrook who (following meetings with Sir Harry Fang from Hong Kong) had been advised about the Abilympics movement with its beginnings in Japan.

John Fisher not only established Abilympics in Western Australia and later Australia but became a Committee Member of the International Abilympics Federation, a position he held until his death. John attended the 1st International Abilympics in Tokyo in 1981 as a competitor and was instrumental in encouraging people to be competitors for all later events.

John was the driving force behind Perth's successful bid to host the 4th International Abilympics in 1995. The event was administered by Events Corp and held at Burswood Resort with 34 countries competing. Korea won eighteen medals at this event with Australia coming second with a total of 17 medals.

Until his death John held positions on many organisations championing the needs and rights of people with disabilities.

Abilympics Friends

Here are links to other Abilympics Organizations around the world

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