|From LHC to Kirribilli: Daisy Meets the PM - 20 March 2018|
Year 7 student, Daisy Brown, experienced a very special afternoon on Friday 9 March, when she attended a reception at Kirribilli House as a special guest of Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
Daisy was invited by Mr Turnbull to attend the event, along with 54 other athletes who have been selected to compete at the upcoming Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide next month.
Also at the event were Mr Turnbull’s wife, Lucy, former NSW Premier, Mike Baird and CEO of Special Olympics Australia, Corene Strauss.
Daisy, who has autism, took up horse-riding two years ago and since then, has gone from strength to strength in her sport of Equestrian. Last year, Daisy competed at the state championships on the Gold Coast, and brought home three medals – including two gold and one bronze. She has since been selected for the Queensland Team to compete at the upcoming Special OIympics.
Daisy has worked very hard to reach this point, waking at 4:45am three mornings per week to train with her horse, Score.
We asked Daisy some questions about her recent trip to Sydney, as well as her achievements in Equestrian:
1. What was it like meeting the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and Mrs Lucy Turnbull?
I felt really nervous at the start but they were really friendly. They asked me about my horse and school. I feel a bit famous because they told me their daughter’s name was Daisy Brown too. So I think they will remember me.
2. How do you feel about representing Queensland at the upcoming Special Olympics in Adelaide?
I feel a bit nervous but very excited. I can’t wait to see my team mates. I have worked hard with my coach Carrey to prepare for my four events. My ultimate goal is to represent Australia.
3. Why do you love Equestrian?
I love Equestrian because I get to be with horses. They really help me feel calm and help me talk to people. Score knows if I’m feeling sad or tired. I find school very tricky. My coach says that if I go to school and try my hardest I will be able to get a good job working with horses. That is my dream.
The Special Olympics National Games will be held from 16-20 April. For more information, visit: http://www.specialolympics.com.au/nationalgames2018/index.html
Good luck, Daisy! Lourdes Hill will be behind you!