16 October 2014
FROM THE TREASURE BOX
The Cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the 1988 Special Olympics National Games in Sydney, NSW.
The Torch Run and the lighting of the Cauldron are two of the most iconic moments of a National Games. Supported by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a major supporter of the Special Olympics movement, athletes are given the opportunity to run with the Flame of Hope in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony. View our images above and below to see some highlights of previous torch run events.
Make sure you grab your tickets for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies so you won't miss this special moment. Click here to purchase tickets.
Families and supporters of the athletes are also encouraged to attend the Welcome evening at Melbourne Aquarium on Tuesday 21 October and The Siblings Splash Out at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 22 October. Head to the National Games website for more information.
We’re very excited to announce National Games ambassador, Carrie Bickmore, will be our official MC for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
If you are in Melbourne on 19 October 2014 head down to Federation Square to see the Torch Run and hopefully you can also join us at the National Games Opening Ceremony the next day.
Hawthorn Football player, Isaac Smith, with Special Olympics athletes Skye Cameron, Sarah Chaplin and Tim Chaplin and SEDA students Josie Gonzalez, Laura Breen and Jessie Hare.