In 2008 a new generation of Special Olympics stars will enjoy the thrill of sports competition when over 400 athletes meet in Canberra for the second Junior National Games from 11-13 April.
In preparation for that there is a Special Olymics torch run through Haig Park this morning
Start time: 1040hrs
Finish time: 1300hrs
Meeting place: Haig Park East
Length of run: approximately 1.6km
The Junior Games is an event for Special Olympics athletes under 16 years of age and were launched successfully in Launceston, Tasmania in 2004.
The Games give young athletes a chance to experience representing their state and provides them with opportunities for personal growth and enrichment.
It also gives families an opportunity to network and learn more about services for children and adults with an intellectual disability.
To provide age-appropriate competition for Special Olympics athletes aged 8-15
To allow junior athletes to compete in an individual sport, and a team sport or a sports skills program
Sports: swimming, athletics, tennis, gymn
astics, basketball and soccer. There will also be a skills programs in golf and cricket and a Come-N-Try sailing event.
When: 11-13 April 2008
Where: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Age: 8-15 years old