Robyn does special work with kids in Brisbane West region
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ROBYN Chinchen may have accidentally fallen into the co-ordinators role for Special Olympics Brisbane West but she has quickly fallen in love with the unique sporting movement.
As the mother of an intellectually disabled daughter Rebecca, Robyn was encouraged by teachers at her daughter's school to try Special Olympics.
But with her older children nearing the end of their junior sporting commitments, Robyn was looking forward to putting her feet up from the weekend taxi duties.
"I was used to running from pillar to post for all the kids' competitions so when I was asked if I wanted to be involved my first reaction was why would I," she said.
"After a bit of encouragement I took my daughter to her first basketball training and from that night on it was the best thing she ever did.
"Rebecca has made all her friends through Special Olympics.
"I can't promote it any more than I do because what it does for young people.
"It is a sporting organisation but it's more than that.
"We're not all about being the best. We're all about you reaching your personal best
"Just last week we had a new family with an intellectually and physically disabled daughter come to our basketball program.
"The father cried because he saw his daughter running around and playing team sport for the first time.
"That's what I love about it and why I'm involved."
Since Robyn became involved the Brisbane West region, which includes Ipswich, she has seen significant growth in opportunities for people with a disability.
She has introduced cricket initiatives to Ipswich Special Schools and overseen the development of two new soccer programs in Ipswich.
"This region has doubled in capacity since I first came on," Chinchen said.
"We were the first region in the state to secure grants and the first to employ someone.
"We've been quite successful in what we've achieved but we still have a long way to go."