Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in 2013

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Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in 2013

On 14 March 2012, at the iconic Sydney Opera House Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia announced that Newcastle would host the inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in 2013.

Along with Special Olympics athletes, other attendees at the launch included:

Barry O’Farrell, NSW Premier; The Hon. Graham Annesley MP, NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation; The Hon. Andrew Constance MP, NSW Minister for Ageing, Minister for 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; Andrew Scipione, NSW Police Commissioner and Patron of NSW Law Enforcement Torch Run; The Hon. Andrew Cornwall MP, Member for Charlestown.

Ms Bryce said, 'The Special Olympics movement is very close to my heart. I am very proud to be Patron of this national charity and delighted that Australia will host the Asia Pacific Games. I hope the games will build a platform of awareness and support for people with an intellectual disability and I urge all Australians to support athletes along their journey to the Games and beyond.'

Steve Robson, Special Olympics athlete and ambassador, commented on the win: 'I’m really excited that the Asia Pacific Games are coming to my local area. Special Olympics has given me so many opportunities to enjoy the thrill of competition. This is awesome!'