Norman Moore

Norman Moore

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    Government honours Western Australia's Paralympians

    5/10/2000 7:30 PM
     
    5/10/00


      Sport and Recreation Minister Norman Moore has told Western Australian Paralympians that the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games will be bigger than the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

      Mr Moore said they would be bigger than the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games and twice the size of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

      There would be 4,000 athletes from 125 countries competing in the 18 sports on the competition program following the opening ceremony on October 18. The competition would run from October 19 to 29.

      The Minister was speaking at the official send-off in the Barry Cable Room at Subiaco Oval today for the 42 Western Australian athletes and officials taking part in the Games.

      “The Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games are a world-class competition in their own right,” he said.

      “This is the premier international event for elite athletes with disabilities.

      “Your achievement in representing your country is worthy of the highest praise and honour.

      “You can be assured of big crowds and many millions more getting the chance to see your achievements on television.”

      Mr Moore said the wonderful sense of community that the Olympic Torch had generated was about to be revisited.

      “The Paralympic Torch will visit Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Brisbane before making its way to Sydney by road through New South Wales,” he said.

      “I am sure it will again draw Australians together and engender that wonderful spirit that says to the rest of the world ‘We are Australians and we can do anything’.”

      Mr Moore wished all competitors every success and presented each with a gift of lapel pins, the WA flag and a WA cap.

      Media contacts:
      Hartley Joynt, Minister’s office, 9321 1444
      Charlotte Halsall, Executive Officer, WA Paralympic Committee,
      (08) 9426 2345