The Central Coasts’ Maree Jenner has long been a community advocate for people with disability, but she took on a new challenge – leading the Aussie cheer squad at the World Dwarf Games in Germany this past July. Australia has been competing in the World Dwarf Games since they began in 1993 in Chicago. The World Dwarf Games are the largest international sporting event held exclusively for Short Statured athletes. They are held every four years – the Cologne tournament was the eighth World Dwarf Games. Around 40 Aussie athletes competed, the biggest contingent Australia has ever sent.
Maree is employed as a Local Area Coordinator by the not-for-profit organisation, Social Futures – an NDIS partner in the community. Maree is a highly motivated professional with strong team management skills and experience leading teams in the not-for-profit and government sectors in Australia and with the United Nations in The Hague, Netherlands. As a qualified Program Officer, Maree is interested in enabling people of all abilities to actively participate in the community.
Maree was educated at the University of Technology Sydney, speaks English and Dutch, and has volunteered for the past seven years as the Vice President and Professional Advisory Board Liaison Offer for the Short Statured Persons Association of Australia