16 October 2014
THE TORCH IS ON THE WAY!
Now, four years later the Flame of Hope has been reignited in Adelaide as the Law Enforcement Torch Run begins its journey to Melbourne. Senior Constable Michael Klose (SA Police) and Special Olympics athlete Bradley Bettens kicked off the event.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg is one of the many traditions of the National Games and it kicked off today in Adelaide. For the Final Leg, law enforcement officers carry the Flame of Hope through local communities beginning in the last host city and ending with the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.
The Flame of Hope left Adelaide Oval today and stopped at Victoria Square where the cauldron was lit and the community celebrated with a BBQ and entertainment.
In total, 90 police officers on bicycles and motor bikes, plus the dog squad joined 50 Special Olympics Australia athletes at the community event.
Lisa Hester from Special Olympics Australia said ‘There were a few tears of joy. First when everyone chanted as the torch was lit. Then when the group stopped traffic and were cheered down the main street of Adelaide, and finally when one of our athletes sang the National Athem.'
The Torch Run is in Naracoote (SA) and Bordertown (SA) tomorrow and will also visit: Kaniver (VIC), Nhill (VIC), Echuca (VIC), Horsham (VIC), Ballarat (VIC), Bendigo (VIC), Geelong (VIC), Melbourne (VIC).
Click here for details of each Torch Run leg.
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.