Gearing up for the Special Olympics

THE 2013 Special Olympics WA State Games are heading to Pinjarra in just two months with preparations ramping up for the big event.
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More than 200 people; athletes, carers and volunteers are expected to descend on the region for the three-day event from October 11-13 in the sports of athletics, aquatics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball, ten-pin bowling, cricket and soccer.

Local softballers Matt Calkin and Kristy Baker said they were looking forward to some tough competition.

Baker, who only started in the sport this year, said it was Calkin who inspired her to play.

“It was Matt’s idea; I knew [the sport] was good when I saw Matt play and I wanted to play,” she said.

Calkin, who made the switch from golf to softball, will play as catcher for the side.

The softballers will play six games against competitors from across the country, with a team from Victoria heading west.

State manager Di Bruce said her team were currently looking for people to get involved in the 10-kilometre Olympic torch relay that will head from Sir Ross McLarty Oval in Pinjarra, out to Fairbridge Village on October 11.

There are 25 legs of the relay with the community already getting on board.

Pinjarra Senior High School students will make the relay torch.

A concert will be held on Friday night at Fairbridge Village, where some of the events will be held, with local musician and talent Jonny Taylor to appear.

Taylor is a major supporter of the Special Olympics and said the event would inspire him in future songs.

“I love being inspired; as far as song writing I can guarantee a song out of this,” he said.

The aim of the Games is to empower children and adults living with intellectual disabilities and are an opportunity for athletes to challenge themselves and improve their self-esteem, confidence and social skills.

Taylor said he was happy to donate his time to such a worthy cause.

“I am excited and roud to be donating my time and performing for these athletes and their families,” he said.

Taylor will be joined on the Friday night by a couple of other local artists from Mandurah.

The 2013 Special Olympics WA State Games will be held at various sporting sites across the region with the majority of matches to be held in Pinjarra.

Athletics will be held in Rockingham along with the ten-pin bowling.

Anyone wanting to get involved can contact Di Bruce on 9321 3207.

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