The City of Rockingham has been selected by Special Olympics WA to host the 2019 Special Olympics WA State Games.
The games will be held from 4 – 7 October 2019 and will welcome athletes from across WA as they compete to be crowned the best across 10 different sports.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was excited to be hosting the games for the first time in 2019.
“The City of Rockingham is proud to be a community that welcomes athletes from all sporting backgrounds and we are delighted to be hosting the 2019 Special Olympics WA State Games,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Sport plays an important role in fostering mentally and physically healthy communities and the 2019 Special Olympics WA State Games gives us a great opportunity to support some of the best athletes with intellectual disability in their respective sports.”
Special Olympics Australia began in 1976 and has more than 3,100 athletes competing in 18 different sports across the country – with about 300 athletes competing in WA.
Events Coordinator – Special Olympics WA, Cait McGowan, said they were thrilled to be partnering with the City of Rockingham for the event.
“We are overjoyed by the support the City is providing and are even more excited to make this the best State Games yet,” Ms McGowan said.
Globally, Special Olympics is the largest sporting organisation in the world for people with intellectual disability, providing year round training and competition for 5 million athletes in 172 countries.