Host Town Welcome
On 21 July 2015, Host Town Huntington Beach put on a stunning welcome event for Team Australia that included a police escort into town and a parade down Main Street, followed by dinner and roasting smores over the firepit.
Since then they haven't stopped sharing their generous hospitality and Team Australia has been treated like royalty the whole time. Thank you Host Town Huntington Beach Committee and all of our Huntington Beach supporters for their kindness. Team Australia will thank you all properly once we stop having so much fun!
to check out Team Australia's arrival at Huntington Beach as shown on ABC7 News in Los Angeles.
to read about it in print in the Huntington Beach Independant
to read about it in print in the California News
Aussie Breakfast Party
Our Host Town Huntington Beach friends threw an Aussie-themed breakfast for Team Australia on our first morning in town with bacon and egg pies and games in the park. It was a huge hit and a great way to start the day. Photos are included in our Host Town Huntington Beach 1
Firefighters from Huntington Beach Fire Department showed Team Australia how to put their training into action by providing a demonstration of how they work in a crisis. Demonstrations included putting out a house fire and saving someone from a vehicle wreck. It was a hit with all athletes and officials and was a valuable lesson in mental preparation and putting your skills into practice. Photos are included in our Host Town Huntington Beach 1
Letting Loose at the Luau
A luau on Huntingtown Beach sounds like a great way to end a day and that's exactly what out Host Town partners offered Team Australia last night. There was plenty of singing and dancing, including a conga line of athletes with Hunting Beach Junior Lifeguards. We captured a couple of the great moments, click here for video 1
and here for video 2
Fun with the Law!
This morning Team Australia were driven down to Huntington Beach for an awesome demonstration from our Law Enforcement friends which included the mounted patrol, vintage police cars, dog squad demonstrations, motorbike rides, riot gear, cop cars and much more. There were at least a hundred uniformed law enforcement officers who supported the team. They then personally served the team breakfast at Sandy's on the beach. Photos are included in our Host Town Huntington Beach 1
Team Australia In Photos
This is Team Australia's third day in LA and already they have built memories that will last a lifetime. Official Team Australia photographer Peter Mulbock has been capturing the moments in photos and you should check them out at our Team Australia photo galleries
which are updated daily. Photos will be made available to athletes and officials post-games and we will advertise how this will happen once we get back to Australia (because actually we don't know yet!). Any media or supporters requests should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian swimmer Sandy Freeman's story of achievement through Special Olympics Australia is part of the ESPN US broadcast for the World Games and we have a sneak peak to share with our Team Australia supporters. She will also feature in a video for the Athlete Oath, a music video to support the World Games and the teaser for the Opening Ceremony. Click here to view Sandy's athlete profile video produced by ESPN US as part of their series of World Games athlete stories.
Watch the Fun From Oz
If you are in Australia, don't forget to watch the 22-minute Road To LA broadcast and the three-hour Opening Ceremony broadcast live from 10.30am (AEST) Sunday 26 July 2015 on ESPN. ESPN is the global broadcast partner for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015.
Check out Matt Pascoe's story. Matt is competing in athletics for Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games and global partner Microsoft are sharing his story. Click here
to read about Matt's journey.
Listen To Brittney and Anna
While Team Australia were busy preparing to fly to LA an interview with Team Australia's youngest member Brittney Neil (athletics, VIC) and Anna-Louise Kassulke, Head of Delegation was broadcast on ABC-RN (the largest single radio network in the country). Click here
to hear what they had to say about Team Australia and the World Games.
With two days of training at Huntington Beach now complete we began asking our Head Coaches: How well prepared is your team?
"This team is ready to fire. We did a relay today and I was so surprised how switched on this team really is at relay so we are ready to go", Rodney Nugent, Athletics
"The build up has been huge, it has been a twelve-month journey and the guys have been training consciensciously. We only have two athletes and they have both been training hard. One of the golfers has lost two-sizes since training from the plan that we made in camp, so he's in really good shape. They are definitely well prepared and their is no reason why they don't have a really good chance for a medal", Jeremy Smith, Golf
Send a Herogram
Please keep sending through those herograms
. We have had almost 500 and the Games haven't even started! Here's two we received recently.
"GOOD LUCK guys and girls!! Do Australia proud – we'll all be hoping for medals galore... so get out there and give it your best!" Kelly for Team Australia
"Good luck to all in the softball team hope you do us proud and a big hello to all the Tasmanian athletes Jason, Nathan, and Johno kick some butt and do you best and hopefully you can bring home a medal." Kelly, Gerard and Sophie for the softball team
Jake Shoots and Scores
Team Australia basketballer Jake De La Motte is in the news. Click here
to read about Jake in the Herald Sun.