Supporting the Special Olympics

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Newcastle, New South Wales

Sanitarium was a support partner of the 2013 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games (SOAPG), held in Newcastle from November 30 to December 7.

We’re committed to supporting our communities, and this is a great way for us to get involved in something big, right in our backyard.

Through the partnership, Sanitarium donated $A50,000 RRP worth of product to ensure athletes got the breakfast they needed to be able to train and compete at their best.

The Games brought together 32 nations from across the Asia Pacific region. Over 2500 athletes and carers, 6000 officials and supporters from overseas and interstate and 200,000 spectators converged on the Newcastle-Hunter region for the duration of the Games. Athletes from the Asia Pacific region competed across nine sports—aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, table tennis and ten pin bowling. Currently, the Asia Pacific Region has the fastest growing number of athletes and sporting competitions in the world.

Special Olympics provide one of the few places where those with an intellectual disability can meet new friends, develop confidence and gain a sense of community. But most importantly, it is a place where they can have fun by engaging in competitive sport.

“Sanitarium is pleased to support this great event and the athletes that we believe reflect our values of courage and passion. We’re committed to supporting our communities, and this is a great way for us to get involved in something big, right in our backyard,” said Corporate Communications manager Julie Praestiin. 

To watch highlights from the Opening Ceremony, click here