Donna was one of the founding athletes in Special Olympics Mackay; which started in 2012.

Donna has a long history of selection in National events for tenpin bowling. Donna was selected in tenpin bowling for the 2014 Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide and has also been selected for 2022 Special Olympics National Games in Launceston for tenpin bowling. Donna lives in supported accommodation with friends and works at BB Print.

What event will you be participating at the NQ Games?

Tenpin bowling and bocce

Have you ever competed in an NQ Games before?

I competed at the NQ games in 2018

If so, what’s your favourite memory/experience of the sport?

Winning a mainstream medal

How important is it for you to have local competition like this event?

I have to save to travel for competitions so every local event saves me money

What’s your best piece of advice for athletes in your sport?

Train hard

Who has inspired you the most in your sport?

My mum

What part of North Queensland are you from?


What’s your favourite thing to do in Townsville?

Watch the Cowboys

How did you start/get into this sport?

I have loved bowling my entire life and I like to play bocce for fun

How long have you been playing/competing in this sport?

Ever since I can remember

What are your sporting career goals?

To one day go to World Games

Are you competing in a few sports at the games? If so, what are they and how will you balance/manage this commitment?

My coach helps me

The NQ games are a great event to meet and socialise with other athletes, have you made new friends through sport?

I meet lots of people and make friends easily

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