Over the next few days hundreds of athletes will arrive in Launceston to compete in the Special Olympics Australia National Games.
With them will be hundreds more – carers, coaches, friends and family.
It’s the first time the event has been held in Launceston in 36 years.
Competition will be held across the entire week at a variety of venues in 10 sports – athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, swimming and table tennis. Table tennis will be a demonstration sport.
Competitiors will come from all over Australia to be a part of it. 600 volunteers will do their best to help make it a fantastic experience.
“It really is a wonderful week and a terrific way to showcase Launceston as a city,” Visit Northern Tasmania chief executive Chris Griffin said.
“If you see any of the athletes or their entourage around town, make sure you make them feel welcome”.
Mr Griffin said the games will be a major economic boost, with accommodation booked “solid”.