Torch shines for Special Olympics

Lighting the flame to begin the Special Olympics at Casey Stadium on 6 July. (Stewart Chambers: 416905_35)

The torch was lit to begin a weekend of sport at the Winter Special Olympics in Casey.

The 6-7 July event at Casey Stadium and Casey Fields platformed athletes with intellectual disabilities and autism from across Melbourne, Victoria and interstate – with a summer games to follow in September.

An opening ceremony at Casey Stadium included a march of athletes and the Victoria Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Representatives of the Melbourne Eastern Ranges Club proudly marched among the athletes entering the stadium for the ceremony.

It was followed by tournaments of basketball, gymnastics, netball, bocce and table tennis.

The City of Casey has a notable history with the Special Olympics, having hosted the Victoria State Games in 2023 which had 400 athletes competing in various sports from swimming, athletics and AFL.