Joondalup torch run will celebrate work of Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will take to the streets of Joondalup on December 3.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run will take to the streets of Joondalup on December 3.

VOLUNTEERS and representatives of WA Police will pass an Olympic torch through Joondalup on Tuesday, December 3, to celebrate International Day of People with Disability and support the work of the Special Olympics.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a global movement to promote inclusion and diversity and raise awareness of the Special Olympics, which supports athletes with intellectual disabilities to encourage participation in a range of sports to reach personal goals.

Led by the WA Police Pipe Band, the Joondalup event will see about 40 police officers and cadets and 12 Special Olympic athletes volunteering to take part in a torch run from 10am, starting at Joondalup Police Station, through North Metropolitan Tafe, the WA Police Academy, and ending at ECU.

Members of the community with a disability are then invited to join a “try-a-sport” event at the ECU grassed area in front of Building 1, which will include soccer skills, bocce and short tennis and team games.

There will also be an opportunity to share ideas for inclusion in the community, while showcasing the abilities of some of the Special Olympics athletes.

“Known as Guardians of the Flame, police officers carry a torch – ‘the flame of hope’ – symbolising courage, diversity and hope for inclusion for all,” Law Enforcement Torch Run secretary Delia Newman said.

“As we move along, we chant and wave flags to direct attention to encourage inclusion and hope the members of the community will support us along the route.”

Joondalup Law Enforcement Torch Run route
• Start at Joondalup Police Station front carpark
• Right on Reid Promenade
• Left on McCarthy Avenue
• Right on Grand Boulevard
• Left through North Metropolitan Tafe
• Left on Kendrew Crescent
• Right on Lakeside Drive
• Right through WA Police Academy `W
• Right on University Drive
• Left on Kendrew Crescent
• Finish at ECU, Building 1

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