SPECIAL OLYMPICS AUSTRALIA 2010 NATIONAL GAMES 19th – 24th April 2010
For the first time Adelaide will host The Special Olympics 2010 National Games.
Special Olympics Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that transforms the lives of people with intellectual disability through sports participation and competition. By providing a welcoming environment where athletes are accepted and supported, the Special Olympics are encouraging people with an intellectual disability get fit, develop new skills, make friends, recognise their abilities and believe in themselves. Bringing together nearly 900 athletes from all over Australia, the 2010 Games aim to be the biggest yet with opportunities for business, tourism and education to capitalise on the economic benefits the event can bring.
The National Games is expected to involve about 5,000 people from around Australia including athletes, families, supporters, officials and local volunteers, and pump more than $3 million into the South Australian economy. The Games will use the best of Adelaide’s sporting facilities such as Santos Stadium, Adelaide Aquatic Centre, Adelaide Shores and Wayville Stadium. Adelaide Shores is also accommodating all the participating athletes.
Lions Clubs have raised $25,000 to sponsor the Healthy Athletes Program for the Special Olympics IX National Games which will take place from 19 – 24 April 2010 in Adelaide. The SA Clubs lobbied the Australian Lions Foundation to secure a grant for 50 percent of the $25,000 required to run the program. The local clubs then got to work on raising the other half locally through quiz nights, raffles and a variety of other fundraisers, resulting in the achievement of full funding for the program.
More than 3000 family members and supporters of the Special Olympics will benefit from a major new partnership with the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance. The Alliance is providing $30,000 as naming rights sponsor of the Families and Supporters Program for the Special Olympics 2010 National Games.
The Families and Supporters Program sponsored by the AWD Alliance will include provision of a Families and Supporters Centre based at The Beachouse, Glenelg, a Families and Supporters barbeque at Adelaide Zoo and a Siblings Program that will free up parents to cheer on their athletes as they compete.
Adelaide singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Tori Horgan, will sing the theme music for the Special Olympics 2010 National Games. Her list of accomplishments at the tender age of 20 puts most of us to shame. Tori currently splits her time between Adelaide and Los Angeles, where she is a member of the writing and production team, ‘The Chemists’ signed with Interscope Records.
This is a cause close to Tori’s heart as her sister, who is intellectually disabled, is a member of Special Olympics South Australia.
At the VIII Special Olympics National Games, held in 2008 on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the Special Olympics South Australia Team (SOSA) won in excess of 50 medals and athletes on the SOSA team are not only training hard to top this number, but are hoping to be selected as part of the Australian team heading to 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games being held in Athens, Greece.
For further information on Special Olympics or if you require commentary on any of the key issues involved intellectual disability or would like to speak to an athlete, please contact Annie Waddington-Feather on 0413750198 or email [email protected]
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