Games Launch
14 March 2012 | Special Olympics Australia is proud to announce that it will host the inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in 2013.

The games will be held in the NSW town of Newcastle in December 2013, following today’s announcement that Australia had beaten out strong bids from cities in India and Malaysia.

The event will see Australia welcome more than 1,700 Special Olympics athletes, 600 coaches, 4,000 volunteers, and approximately 200,000 spectators from 25 nations across the Asia Pacific regions, who will compete in a range of sports.

The announcement was made at a press conference at the iconic Sydney Opera House by Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of Australia. Other attendees at the launch included NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, the Hon. Graham Annesley MP, NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon. Andrew Constance MP, NSW Minister for Ageing, Minister or Disability Services, the Hon. Michael Gallacher MP, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Hunter and Patron of the 2012 Special Olympics Junior National Games, Newcastle, the NSW Police Commissioner and Patron of NSW Law Enforcement Torch Run Andrew Scipione, as well as local Special Olympics athletes.
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