City Prepares to Host Special Olympics WA State Games

Date12 September 2019

The City of Rockingham is preparing to host a major sporting event in October, with the Special Olympics Western Australia State Games taking place from Saturday 5 October to Sunday 6 October 2019. 

The Special Olympics WA State Games will feature 125 athletes with an intellectual disability competing in a variety of sports. An opening ceremony will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre on Saturday 5 October and will include lighting the first ever Special Olympics WA State Games Torch. 

Athletes on the starting line prepare for a race.

Sporting competitions will follow the opening ceremony and continue through to the evening of Sunday 6 October, concluding with a closing ceremony and disco for athletes. 

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was thrilled to be hosting the Special Olympics WA State Games for the very first time.   

“Having secured the rights to host Special Olympics WA State Games in 2018, the City has been looking forward to this major sporting event,” Mayor Sammels said. 

“Sport is so important when it comes to building physically and mentally healthy communities and it’s great to see Special Olympics WA give people with intellectual disability the chance to get active, make friends, build their confidence and compete in their chosen sport. 

“There’s sure to be some exciting events take place throughout the games, so I encourage residents to throw their support behind the athletes as they pursue their sporting goals.” 

Special Olympics Australia is part of a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs to end discrimination against, and empower people with, intellectual disabilities.   

Image: More than 100 athletes will compete in the Special Olympics WA State Games in October. Picture: Supplied. 

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