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Special Olympics – Junior National Games

Jazz 11 April 2008 6

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, gymnastics, 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

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6 Responses to Special Olympics – Junior National Games
S.O matt S.O matt 7:36 pm 14 Apr 08

the 1.6km parade wasnt an issue for these kids as they are “athletes” who have an intellectual disability. the teams walked the distance with little or no problems and it was a big buzz for all involved in the event. these athletes are not “quiters” so maybe a few more people need to get out and get involved with Special Olympics and see what a difference a liitle bit of help can make to these athletes as there are pleanty of quiters in the real world who dont have any disabilities

Ari Ari 9:34 pm 11 Apr 08

Sometimes posting on the RiotACT feels akin to winning gold in the Special Olympics …

Mælinar Mælinar 4:45 pm 11 Apr 08

1.6km is a bit of a stretch for the special people isn’t it ?

Usually they get them only doing about 50m before their concentration/disability takes over and you may as well call it quits there.

Joe Canberran Joe Canberran 3:14 pm 11 Apr 08

And here I was thinking you were just proving yourself “special” enough to put in an application for the Special Olympics

JD114 JD114 2:25 pm 11 Apr 08

Interesting… I was posting to the Giralang shops story and by the time I had pressed enter it had changed to this story! how bizarre!!!

JD114 JD114 2:24 pm 11 Apr 08

Here’s a suggestion for the bleaters of Giralang who demand their shops re-open in a large friendly neighbourhood shopping centre:

Quit your jobs, set up and run the various stores required to make a full shopping centre, and see how much profit you generate to keep your usinesses viable and your lifestyles intact.

If professional shopowners and managers couldn’t manage to do it, I’m damn sure you won’t.

Another alternative is to force a law through the ACT govmint requiring people who live in Giralang to shop at the local shops… that might work

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