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Special Olympics State Games heading to the Coast


Coast Special O's welcome State Games to the Coast
Coast Special O’s welcome State Games to the Coast

The first Queensland Special Olympics State Games are coming to the Sunshine Coast and the organisation is calling for volunteers to help out across the events.
Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said council was proud to sponsor the State Games, which will be held across the region from 31 August to 8 September.
“The Special Olympics will create an incredible vibe across the whole Coast during the week of competition – I can’t wait,” Cr O’Pray said.
“We expect around 3000 people to be involved in the Games, including around 700 athletes, over 2000 spectators and up to 250 volunteers.
“This fantastic event will draw mums, dads, aunties, uncles, friends and carers from all over Queensland to cheer on the athletes.
“It’s a win-win, for the athletes and for our local economy.
“I encourage locals to get involved by volunteering or going along to the free events to show their support.
“The Games include 10 sports this year and I would love to see that grow in the future.”
Special Olympic Queensland Chairman Greg Bartley said the organisation needed volunteers across a wide range of disciplines to help at the Games.
“Our volunteer pool is dedicated and diverse, but we are always looking for extra help,” Mr Bartley said.
“We welcome and appreciate anyone who is able to volunteer, no matter how much time they can commit.
“There are a range of volunteering opportunities available, including event work, administration, coaching, photography and roles for medical personnel and people with first-aid training.”
To register as a volunteer, or for further information, call (07) 3420 5761 or email info.qld@specialolympicsregion.com.au.
Schedule of Events
 

Date Events
Saturday 31 August 2013
  • Bocce 10am-4pm

Sunshine Coast Bocce Club, Laidlaw Road, Woombye

  • Basketball 1pm-5pm

Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North Street, Golden Beach

  • Opening Ceremony 6.30pm

The Events Centre, Caloundra
 

Sunday 1 September 2013
  • Bocce 9am-11am

Sunshine Coast Bocce Club, Laidlaw Road, Woombye

  • Basketball 9am-4pm

Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North Street, Golden Beach

  • Gymnastics 9am-4pm

Maroochydore Gymnastics, Wises Road, Maroochydore
 

Monday 2 September 2013
  • Golf 9am-4pm

Caloundra Golf Club, Woodward Drive, Caloundra
 

Friday 6 September 2013
  • Athletics 9am-4pm

University of Sunshine Coast, Athletics Track, Sippy Downs Road, Sippy  Downs

  • Equestrian 9am-4pm

Caloundra Pony Club, Racecourse Road, Caloundra

Saturday 7 September 2013
  • Aquatics 9am-4pm

Caloundra Aquatic Centre, Central Park, Arthur Street, Caloundra

  • Equestrian 9am-4pm

Caloundra Pony Club, Racecourse Road, Caloundra

  • Tennis 9am-4pm

Caloundra Tennis Club, Central Park, Arthur Street, Caloundra

  • Tenpin Bowling 9am-4pm

Suncity Bowl, Mari Street, Alexandra

Sunday 8 September 2013
  • Football/Soccer 9am-2.30pm

Meridian Sports Field, Meridian Fields Sporting Complex, Meridian Way,
Meridian Plains

  • Tennis 9am-2.30pm

Caloundra Tennis Club, Central Park, Arthur Street, Caloundra

  • Tenpin Bowling 9am-2.30pm

Suncity Bowl, Mari Street, Alexandra

  • Volunteer Celebration to be held after football at Meridian Sports Field