Special Olympics National Games in Malta underway this weekend
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Special Olympics Malta is holding the National Games in Malta this weekend, in different localities around Malta, until the 27th of June.
The National Games were launched during a ceremony held at Fort St Elmo in Valletta, when the flame was lit. The torch run commenced from the Learning Hub in Ghajnsielem, in the presence of Parliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, Dr Justyne Caruana.
The branch of Special Olympics Gozo operates from the Ghajnsielem Learning Hub for the Disabled.
The event sees the participation of athletes with intellectual disabilities from three different countries – Malta, Italy and Cyprus. They are competing in six different disciplines; Athletics, Bocce, Bowling, Football, Aquatics and Table Tennis. Three delegations will participate in these games – Malta, Cyprus and Italy.
Anna Calleja, Special Olympics Malta National Director expressed her enthusiasm for the games being held in Malta. She said that these will serve to give more opportunities for Special Olympics athletes who will be competing with other athletes coming from different countries.
She said that Special Olympics aims to give athletes the opportunities to show their abilities and show courage and friendship with their fellow athletes, their families, and the community.
Special Olympics Malta has also launched their official website, which will be updated during these games, and also with activities and events organised in future.
You can follow Special Olympics Malta on the official Social Media channels, facebook page, Twitter SO_Malta, or photos on Flickr specialolympicsmalta.
These games are supported by The Marigold Foundation, Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Sport Malta the Malta Police Force, VOPs, James Caterers, the Ministry for Education and Employment, the Ministry for Social Dialogue Consumer affairs and Civil Liberties, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Research Innovation Youth and Sport, and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing.