Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero

Nominee

2019 QLD Local Hero Nominee

Ms Elisabeth Ewen

State: Queensland

For more than 23 years, Elisabeth (Liz) Ewen has been a volunteer coach for Special Olympics Queensland. With enthusiasm and patience, Liz supports athletes with intellectual disabilities and their families. An advocate for her swimmers, Liz ensures they are treated with fairness and given opportunities to achieve their best.

For more than 23 years, Elisabeth (Liz) Ewen has been a volunteer coach for Special Olympics Queensland. With enthusiasm, commitment and patience, Liz supports athletes with intellectual disabilities to succeed in the pool – and in life.

Her ongoing roles include Special Olympics QLD Aquatics Coach, Michael Phelps (IM Program) Learn to Swim Coordinator, Technical Delegate and State Aquatics Coordinator.

Apprehensive families bringing young children with disabilities to the pool for the first time are quickly put at ease, and often amazed at what they can achieve under her expert and encouraging guidance. An advocate for her swimmers, Liz ensures they are treated with fairness and are given opportunities to achieve their best.

As Head Coach, Liz has led many swimming teams to compete within Australia and internationally, including in the Special Olympics. Liz also encourages older athletes to become leaders and teachers themselves, giving much of her time to mentor and support them.

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