Back in May, we wrote about Special Olympics Australia’s campaign to have the 2027 World Games held right here in Perth (check it out HERE) – and we were pretty convinced by the campaign ourselves!
As well as the absolutely huge positive impact the Special Olympics and World Games have on the community, they also have a predicted economic return of $212 million – with 8000 athletes from 170 nations, 27,000 international and interstate guests, coaches and other visitors, and half a million spectators – and no need for additional infrastructure (you can get involved HERE).
This year, an amazing 100 WA athletes will be sent to the Australia National Games, taking place in Launceston over five days in October.
Special Olympics is the largest health organisation globally for people with intellectual disabilities, with over six million athletes around the world. This ranges from grassroots, community based sports to world-class athletes who compete on the world stage – including from right here in WA!
Four of those athletes are being celebrated in an impressive, vibrant new mural in the middle of Northbridge. Organised by the Blank Walls team and painted by Perth graffiti/mural artist Hope and Honey’s Mural Co, the photorealistic piece depicts Anna, Chris, Jordan and Michael – champion athletes in swimming, soccer and equestrian events.
The mural will be officially unveiled tomorrow night, Tuesday September 6 at 5PM, and is located on Lake Street (in between Roe and James Streets).