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|March 14th, 2012, 09:27 PM||#1|
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Hunter's special victory
15 Mar, 2012 04:00 AM
Games to bring in $10m
THERE can be no better place than Newcastle to host the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Games.
That is how Premier Barry O’Farrell announced yesterday the host city of the inaugural event which will inject about $10million into the Hunter economy.
‘‘It is NSW’s second city, it has a fine sporting tradition, it has the support ... of the community for these games to occur,’’ Mr O’Farrell said.
More than 1700 athletes, 600 coaches and about 5000 overseas visitors are expected to head to Newcastle in December next year.
With the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, Governor- General and patron of Special Olympics Australia Quentin Bryce said Australia had beaten rival bidders India and Malaysia to host the event.
The games, for athletes with intellectual disabilities from 25 countries including Afghanistan, Thailand and Japan, would draw about 200,000 spectators to venues across the city over eight days.
The state government backed the bid with $1million, Newcastle City Council also pledged $250,000, with the combined contributions making up 41per cent of the cost of staging the games.
Mr O’Farrell, who was joined by Newcastle MP Tim Owen, Port Stephens MP Craig Baumann, and Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell as well as several ministers, said the successful bid was a boon for the city and the state.
Ms Bryce also paid tribute to the city’s ‘‘beautiful beaches, proud heritage, people who love sport and are so welcoming and generous [of] spirit.’’
Mr Owen said the event was more great news for the city, which is set to host the Special Olympics Australia national junior titles in December, involving 350 athletes.
The University of Newcastle would serve as the games village next year, and Hunter Stadium would host the opening and closing ceremonies.
Bid organisers had considered western sydney and other areas of the state but opted for Newcastle because of its existing transport and sporting venues.
Special Olympics Australia chief executive Gill Stapleton said the city had welcomed the organisers in recent weeks and ‘‘every single person we talked to wanted [the games] there’’.
The event was not just about competing for the athletes but fostered their independence and for many would be the first time they had travelled away from their homes, she said.
A committee would be appointed to oversee the organisation.
Newcastle MP Sharon Grierson said the federal government had contributed $545,000 to Special Olympics Australia this financial year, and $100,000 of that would go towards training volunteers for the event.
|March 21st, 2012, 06:03 PM||#4|
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Gino?, not Gina?...that's not as good, Wings 8,2