Commonwealth Bank goes in to bat for Special Olympians

20 October 2006

The Commonwealth Bank today announced it would be the major sponsor of the Australian Special Olympics cricket team which will be competing in the inaugural Special Olympics International Cricket Cup in India next month.

Speaking at the Special Olympics International Cricket Cup Torch Ceremony at Sydney Town Hall this afternoon, the Group Executive Marketing and Communications Barbara Chapman said the Commonwealth Bank had had a long and rewarding association with Australian Cricket.

“We’ve supported the cricket academy which is now known as the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence for the past 20 years, and the Australian Women’s Cricket team for the past eight years, Ms Chapman said.

“So it’s a great pleasure to be supporting our newest team.

“It’s important for us to back cricket at all levels, helping elite athletes reach the top at the Centre of Excellence, helping our women be the very best and now giving our Special Olympians the chance to realise their dreams.

Ms Chapman presented the first of six new bats to the head of the delegation Mr Mike Walker.

“These 15 players are the next wave of champion Australian cricketers. I want to wish the entire squad the very best of luck for the tournament,” she said.

The International Cricket Cup will host 272 athletes with teams from Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies.

The competition will be held in the Indian city of Mumbai from the 4th to the 13th of November.


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