Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Countdown to Newcastle hosting of Special Olympics Australia

Countdown to Newcastle hosting of Special Olympics Australia
November 24, 2013

Some of the biggest names in Australian entertainment are set to converge on Newcastle in for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Games on 1st December.

Being held at the Newcastle International Sports Centre/ Hunter Stadium the event will host 2,500 athletes from 32 countries competing in eight sports over nine days.

Special Olympics Australia Chief Executive Rex Langthorne says Newcastle is well prepared for the event, but he states, "the biggest challenge we have at the moment is to fill Hunter Stadium for the opening ceremony.

"We would just love to fill that stadium and have the citizens of Newcastle come out and witness the opening ceremony, the parade of athletes and the wonderful entertainment we'll have on show."

The opening ceremony's Creative Director John Foreman says the event will feature a 'who's who' of Australian talent, explaining the event will include "everybody from Marina Prior to Marcia Hines, Anthony Callea, The McClymonts, Human Nature performing live."

NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Gabrielle Upton has celebrated the event, stating "the Special Olympics is an extraordinary example of the power of sport to uplift our spirits and unite our communities (and) will be the largest international sporting event for people with an intellectual disability ever held in Australia.

"Such an event would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of very passionate volunteers, and I commend each and every one of them for their contribution."

Tickets for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Games are available from PROTicket.

Special Olympics Australia has also announced that Nicola Stokes will be its next Chief Executive. Stokes will join the organisation in early 2014.

For more information, visit the website at

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues


Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues


Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues


Supreme Heating

Supreme Heating is a proud Australian owned company specialising in the latest energy efficient heating solutions. Since 1990, Supreme Heating has designed and installed commercial pool heating…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation



PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security



A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks


Hydrocare Pool Services

Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 25 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Technology


METRA Australia

METRA Australia is your innovation partner for smart electronic locking, Access Control solutions and cashless payment systems to suit all types of leisure facilities.  Our team’s…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business