Torch Run Makes a World of Difference

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Law Enforcement Torch Run participants in Abu Dhabi

A celebration of courage and diversity was recently held in Abu Dhabi with the 2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games taking place from 14-21 March.

Since 1987, police officers have been involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and act as ‘Guardians of the Flame’ at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics wherever they are held.

LETR WA has supported local athletes throughout their preparation for the Games, and have been able to offer financial assistance to the three WA athletes who made the trip to Abu Dhabi.

The athletes join more than 7,500 others from 190+ different countries as they compete in 24 different Olympic sports.

The LETR WA Secretary, Delia Newman, represented the organisation in the Middle East and has participated in a number of torch runs which have been held throughout the United Arab Emirates since 28 February.

For the athletes from WA it’s an amazing opportunity to demonstrate their skills on the world stage, and to meet other competitors from every corner of the globe.

For police officers, our involvement promotes inclusion and acceptance of people with an intellectual disability in our local communities, and if this ultimately leads to participation in the Special Olympics – the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event – it provides the chance for us to play a part in something truly life-changing for these individuals.