One Day To Go!
Welcome to all Special Olympics athletes, officials, volunteers families and supporters who have arrived in Cairns to celebrate the Trans Tasman Tournament which will kick off tomorrow. Athletes from Western Australia were the first delegation to arrive and they have now settled into the Athletes' Village. The Village will be buzzing with excitement throughout the Tournament as over 300 athletes with an intellectual disability from Australia and New Zealand develop new friendships and share their love of sport. Unfortunately, our colleagues from Tonga will not be joining us for the tournament, but we hope to see them in competition sometime soon. 
 
Tournament News
Whether you are in Cairns or at home, as a supporter of the Trans Tasman Tournament, you will receive this update every day of the event so that you can share the excitement and view daily results and photos. A final wrap-up will be sent on 12 October 2012. Feel free to share this information as widely as possible.
Join Us At The Opening Ceremony
Tomorrow night the Trans Tasman Tournament will officially begin with a spectacular Opening Ceremony at Barlow Park (6pm). The event will feature all of the traditions of a Special Olympics ceremony, including the parade of athletes, lighting of the cauldron, raising of the flag and the reciting of the oaths. If you are in town and haven't already purchased a ticket, come out to the venue tomorrow evening and grab one so you don't miss out on what will be a spectacular celebration of ability. Tickets are $25 per adult with under 18s admitted free of charge.
 
If you can't make the Opening Ceremony, come and cheer on the athletes during competition. It's free! Or join us at the Closing Ceremony which will also be held at Barlow Park at 6pm, 11 October 2012. Tickets for this event are $10 per adult, with under 18s free of charge. Tickets will be available at the venue on the night or at the Families and Supporters Hub, The Pier, Pierpoint Road, Cairns.
 
Don't Miss The Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will add something special to the Tournament. The Torch Run will take place tomorrow from noon to 1.30pm and will cover a 5km loop of Cairns city. So, get down to the Esplanade and cheer on police officers and Special Olympics athletes from Australia and New Zealand as they proudly carry the Flame of Hope through the city. The Flame of Hope will then be paraded at the Opening Ceremony by one athlete from each delegation. One lucky athlete accompanied by a police officer, will then light the cauldron as part of the official celebrations. Who will it be?
Meet Your Hosts
The Trans Tasman Tournament is the result of the work of many community-minded volunteers who have worked with Special Olympics Australia to bring to Cairns the area's first major sporting event for people with an intellectual disability. Visit our official website - www.specialolympics/transtasman - to meet the dedicated Games Organising Committee and inspiring Patrons and Ambassadors who have made this event happen.
Thanks Cairns Community
Of course we also have to acknowledge our local sponsors, supporters and media partners. Local businesses have donated close to $20,000 to make the Tournament happen. Click here to take a look at who is supporting us. We've also had great support and messages of encouragement from our 1 in 500 Appeal supporters. Thank you!
Grab Your Tournament Merchandise
Trans Tasman Tournament merchandise is still available. So be quick and grab a polo, t-shirt, drink bottle or hat. Simply pop into the Families and Supporters Hub, or visit the merchandise stands at Tournament venues, to pick up a polo ($35), t-shirt ($20), drink bottle ($10) or bucket hat ($15) which will remain available while stocks last.
Media Enquiries
For local media please contact Tanya Snelling, Strategic PR
tanya@strategicpr.com.au, 0417 202 663.
 
For state and national media please contact Sharon Nixon, Special Olympics Australia, sharonn@specialolympics.com.au, 0406 821 461.

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