100 Days To Go Until Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games
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2,000 local performers join Opening Ceremony cast; Games Mascot
Volunteers posing with Kit
the Koala, official mascot of the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games
(PHOTO CREDIT: Sundance Photography Group)
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Welcome to Newcastle
Newcastle, Australia, 23 August 2013 -
Today Newcastle, Australia marked 100 days to go until the start of
the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games, the largest sports and
humanitarian event ever staged in Newcastle for people with intellectual
mark the 100 days to go countdown, performers who are taking part in the
Opening Ceremony joined volunteers and Special Olympics athletes at Hunter
Stadium to meet Kit The Koala, official mascot of the Special Olympics 2013
Asia Pacific Games. Kit will greet over 2,000 Games participants from over 30
nations who will arrive in Newcastle from 30 November to take part in nine
sports - Athletics, Badminton, Bocce, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Table
Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling and Swimming.
Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games Director Chris Heverin said the Mascot
represented the warmth and friendship of Australia and the Newcastle region.
"Kit's happy face, fun personality and enthusiasm for sport will see him visit
all the competition venues during the Games and he'll also feature in the
Opening Ceremony and other community events throughout the Games."
Performers, Volunteers and
Special Olympics athletes Celebrate 100 days to the first Special Olympics 2013
Asia Pacific Games (PHOTO CREDIT: Sundance Photography Group)
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Local Talent at Opening Ceremony
performers will be part of a two hour Opening Ceremony spectacular of music,
dance and fireworks to be held at Hunter Stadium on Sunday 1 December 2013.
More than 2,000 local dancers, singers, acrobats, cheerleaders and artists
have been recruited, representing dance schools, choirs, drama groups and other
groups from around Newcastle, Gosford, Port Macquarie, Maitland and
Performance groups taking part in the Opening Ceremony of the
Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific games include:
Centre Stage Performing
Arts Perform Ability Program (Newcastle), Hunter School of Performing Arts
(Newcastle), Hunter Arts Network (Newcastle- Hunter region), Rosie’s School of
Newcastle Dance Academy (Newcastle), Pam Lovett Dance
Headquarters (Maitland), The Waltzing Matildas (Cardiff), The Marching Koalas
Waratah Girls Choir(Newcastle).
Mr. Heverin said the
involvement of local performers in the Opening Ceremony was a vital part of
the event. "This is going to be an extraordinary event for Newcastle and the
Hunter and it's the people of this region who will truly make it a success.
The Opening Ceremony will celebrate not only the athletes of the Special
Olympics but also the host community. This will be an amazing experience for
locally based performers and a great opportunity to showcase the talent and
skills of Newcastle and the Hunter region.”
About the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Regional Games
Special Olympics, a movement that reveals the full
potential of people with intellectual disabilities through the transformative
power and joy of sport, is holding its first Asia Pacific Regional Games in the
city of Newcastle, Australia, over 10 days from 28 November to 7 December 2013.
The Games will unite the Asia Pacific region through sports and celebrate the
talents and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities, forming a new
vision of acceptance.
The Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific
Regional Games will be the largest sports and community event ever staged in
Newcastle with more than 2,000 athletes and coaches in teams from over 30 Asia
Pacific countries. The Games will be contested in nine sports, played in first
class venues across Newcastle, with athletes accommodated in Games villages
established in resort locations across the Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Port
Stephens region. For more information, visit www.specialolympicsasiapacgames2013.com
About Special Olympics
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an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the
transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world. Through work
in sports, health education and community building, Special Olympics is
addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by
encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to
a more welcoming and inclusive society. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy
Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to
more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than
one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 32
Olympic-type sports and more than 70,000 competitions throughout the year.
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