Basketball hotshot from Marsden State High School wins selection to 2020 Special Olympics

A 14-year-old Crestmead girl has defied the odds and been selected to represent Queensland in the 2020 Junior National Games Special Olympics in Tasmania next year.

DETERMINED: Year nine Marsden State High School student Britney Gardner-Hudson.

DETERMINED: Year nine Marsden State High School student Britney Gardner-Hudson.

Year nine Marsden State High School student Britney Gardner-Hudson is one of four Logan athletes to qualify for the games and will compete in Basketball and Athletics at Launceston from October 19-21 next year.

Britney is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and vision and hearing disorders, but that hasn't gotten in the way of her passion for basketball since the age of seven.

She scored a three point goal while representing the Logan All Stars during a regional game in September this year, which paved the way for her selection to the Special Olympics.

Britney will also compete in a regional competition at Caloundra on November 17.

Her mother, Chantelle Gardner-Hudson, said competing in the Olympics was a dream come true.

"She has been determined to achieve things medical staff have said she wouldn't be able to do. They said she wasn't meant to talk or walk," she said.

"Her goal was to make the Olympics and now she will work to achieve something bigger.

"Britney has got a lot of determination, she doesn't give up and I'm just excited she has been selected for a lifetime dream of hers."

Ms Garner-Hudson said the 2020 Special Olympics would be the first time Britney competed interstate, and it was an experience the whole family was looking forward to.

"There are five of us in the family and none of us have ever been (to Tasmania)," she said.

"We are still coming to terms with the excitement of it all and will support my girl all the way."

There will be 44 Queenslanders contesting the Special Olympics in October next year.

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