Olivia is a proud advocate

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Olivia Hargroder has a lot to be proud of. She has been a vocal campaigner for the rights of people with Down syndrome to compete in the Paralympics. Currently there is no category suitable for people with Down syndrome that doesn’t leave them at an unfair disadvantage. Olivia has run a petition and speaks publicly about the issue.

In January 2019, Olivia was made a Queensland Australia Day Ambassador to spread the word of this day to Queensland communities.

In 2018 she was a finalist for the Young Australian of the Year for QLD and awarded the Moreton Bay Young Citizen of the Year.

She went to New York in 2017 and spoke about it at the World Down Syndrome Day UN Congress too.

Olivia was very keen to make and share a video of her talking about her proudest moments and the things that are close to her heart.

You can see footage of Olivia speaking at the UN Congress on the UN website at the 2:30.00 mark.

There is more information about Olivia’s awards at the Australian of the Year Awards website and at the Australia Day website.