MOVING ON: Debbie Knust has resigned from her role as Gladstone Special Olympic chairperson.
MOVING ON: Debbie Knust has resigned from her role as Gladstone Special Olympic chairperson. Matt Taylor GLA230218OLYM

It's all about having special bonds says happy Knust

DEBBIE Knust leaves behind somewhat of a legacy that she had created back in 2011.

The founder of the Gladstone Special Olympics has resigned from her chairperson role which she has held on for seven years to fulfil other positions.

"I've set up the club and I felt like it's time for other people to step in and I'm still going to be around in the background," Knust said.

"I'm the assistant head of delegation for the National Games and I'm also the assistant head of delegation for the World Games coming up in March.

"So this year's going to be busy on that higher level of Special Olympics and I'm also the vice-chairperson of the state sports working group."

Knust and her family moved to Gladstone from Brisbane and she observed that athletes with special needs needed, in essence, a playing field.

Her son Adam has been involved in numerous sports in Brisbane and Knust felt there was little support for disadvantaged athletes in Gladstone.

"We came up here and there was a huge gap and there seemed to be a great interest in starting up a club.

Fast-track to the present and the GSO has over 40 athletes and Knust said she has taken great pleasure in seeing them grow and develop their self-confidence like she has with her own son.

"I have also received feedback from schools about how childrens' how behaviour have improved because they have got a purpose in life," she said.

"It's more than sport because it's about friendships as well."

Suzie Lawler is the new GSO chairperson.


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