Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an initiative of Special Olympics Australia and the state police forces to develop and maintain fundraising activities to provide continuing financial support to Special Olympics to provide regular sporting opportunities for people with an intellectual disability. It also seeks to raise awareness throughout the police, law enforcement agencies and greater community about the nature of the Special Olympics movement and the work they do.
The first Law Enforcement Torch Run took place in prior to the 2002 Special Olympics National Games, when in a prelude to the Opening Ceremony, police from Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales participated in a torch run from Hobart, Tasmania to Sydney, New South Wales. This was followed in 2006 when, police from New South Wales and Queensland took the flame from Sydney to the Gold Coast for the 8th Special Olympics Australia National Games.
Following this, the LETR committee was formed by a number of serving and retired police officers. The LETR continues to raise awareness and spread the word about Special Olympics throughout Australia.
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Torch Run for 2013 World Winter Games
We are thrilled to share the announcement from the International Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Committee that Australian athlete Lachlan Woollett has been selected as one of 8 athletes from across the globe to participate in the LETR Final Leg Run for the 2013 World Winter Games. This is an unique opportunity for Special Olympics athletes to run the final leg of the Torch Run that concludes with lighting the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.
Joining Special Olympics in 2004 Lachy is a keen sportsman who has enjoyed participating at all levels. He is also an active member of his local Athlete Leadership Program and is an inspirational Special Olympics Ambassador. When asked about how Special Olympics has impacted on his life, Lachlan proudly shares “it has given me a place to belong and the chance to do what I can do in my sport.”
Join us in congratulating Lachlan and we look forward to hearing and following his journey on the Final Leg run in Korea.
View the 2013 World Winter Games site
State Law Enforcement Torch Run
New South Wales LETR
South Australia LETR
Western Australia LETR