Torch run to open games

Matt Calkin, Jonny Taylor and Kristy Baker get into the Special Olympics WA spirit.
Matt Calkin, Jonny Taylor and Kristy Baker get into the Special Olympics WA spirit.

A law enforcement torch run ” a 10km Olympic torch relay through the streets of Pinjarra to Fairbridge ” will open the games.

This torch run will feature Special Olympic athletes, residents and WA police officers.

An official opening ceremony will follow the torch relay.

The evening will conclude with a celebration concert including Australia’s Got Talent entrant Jonny Taylor and local performers.

In is anticipated more than 500 people from Pinjarra and surrounding areas will join in the festivities of the evening and support our athletes.

With a strong, deep voice and an obvious compassion for people, Taylor’s song writing and willingness to tackle difficult themes has become a trademark.

‘My shows are all about stories and interacting with the audience, it is going to be a great atmosphere,’ Jonny said.

The games will cover 11 sports and be the qualifying event for the 2014 Games in Melbourne.

Progression will continue in 2015, to the Special Olympics Summer World Games in Los Angeles.

Special Olympics WA is calling for residents to show support by registering as a volunteer for the weekend.

An estimated 200 volunteers and 100 athletes will take part in the weekend of competition, socialisation and friendship.

Volunteer’s roles include time keeping, scoring and supporting athletes.

The games empower children and adults living with intellectual disabilities.

They are an opportunity for athletes to challenge themselves and improve their self-esteem, confidence and social skills.