MIE Athletes competing in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Three of our athletes have been selected to compete at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Australia will be represented by 12 athletes who will compete across two disciplines: Alpine skiing and snowboarding. They will be supported by five volunteer officials and cheered on by a small group of families and supporters at the Games and many more at home via social media. This will be only the second-time that Australian athletes have competed in snowsports at a World Winter Games. At the last Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea in 2013 our team of five athletes returned home with an extraordinary 13 medals: 3 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze.
Law Enforcement Torch Run to celebrate International Day of People with Disability
On December 3, 2015 eight of our athletes made their way into the city to participate in the annual LETR Torch Run. Meeting up at Southern Cross Station, our athletes headed for the Victoria Police Centre (VPC) at the World Trade Centre which was the starting point of the run.
Proudly wearing their MIE uniforms, our athletes together with Victorian Police Officers carried the ‘Flame of hope’ from the World Trade Centre, running along the Yarra River via Southbank to Federation Square where a short cauldron lighting ceremony was held.
Victoria Police then presented a cheque for $ 31,800.00 to Nicola Stokes, CEO of Special Olympics Australia for funds raised throughout 2014-15 by LETR. What an absolutely fantastic effort by LETR Victoria!
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a partnership between Special Olympics Australia and Victoria Police to develop awareness, support and fundraising activities to assist people with intellectual disabilities to participate in sport.
These Torch Run events are a great way to encourage participation and to recognise the efforts of Victoria Police employees in supporting people with disability. For a lot more photos from the IDOPwD Tourch Run
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