Police assist in torch relay

Police assist in torch relay

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Competitors, organisers, carers and volunteers were joined by police officers for the Olympic torch run.

More than 100 athletes, carers, volunteers and supporters attended the torch run for the 2017 Special Olympics WA State Games held in the City of Canning.

The event was held on July 2 with WA Police and City of Canning councillors joining competitors and organisers.

Police assisted in the torch relay for its two-kilometre course along the Albany Highway, with Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan taking charge of lighting the cauldron.

The Special Olympics began in Australia in 1976 and the Commissioner said the torch run helped raise public awareness about disabilities.

“It is an important opportunity for my officers to go above and beyond the call of duty, to connect and get involved with the community,” he said.

“The athletes can challenge themselves and improve their health and fitness.

“That’s the great thing about sport; it empowers people to participate, feel included and reach their potential.”

Events included aquatics, athletics, bocce, basketball, equestrian, golf, soccer, softball and ten pin bowling.

City of Canning mayor Paul Ng said the event was a great success.

“The city supports the Special Olympics State Games so athletes with disabilities can live their sporting dreams,” he said.

“Everyone that participated in the games was a winner that learnt skills an built the confidence that can help them achieve their personal best in sport and in life.”