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Special Olympics Australia National Games 2022

All Event : Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Football (Soccer), Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis (Demonstration sport), and Tennis

The Launceston Leisure & Aquatic Centre is very excited to be hosting the swimming events for the Special Olympics Australia National Games 2022.
This is a dedicated page where you can find all the information you need about the games at the Launceston Leisure & Aquatic Centre.

The Competition will run from Monday, 17 October until Thursday, 20 October 2022, with 148 athletes from across Australia competing in 44 events.

Public Lap Swimming
Only one (1) lap swimming lane will be available:
Tuesday, 18 October | 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Wednesday, 19 October | 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Thursday, 20 October | 3.30pm – 5.30pm

A minimum of three (3) outdoor, and indoor lanes will be available before 3.30pm and after 5.30pm.
Please note that the Ariarne Titmus Competition Pool will be in 25-meter mode from Monday to Friday.
50-meter lap lanes will resume on Saturday, 22 October, 2022. We will advise if any operational changes may affect this arrangement.

AquaFit Classes
Please see the revised Group Fitness timetable and weekly schedules for AquaFit class locations and times.
Some classes typically held in the Ariarne Titmus Competition Pool will be moved outside during the competition.

Learn to Swim
LTS classes will run as normal, however the location of some lessons may be changed. The LTS team will be in touch about class location changes.
Lessons from 3.30pm – 5.30pm will be held outside, or in the Programs Pool.
Lessons between 8.00am – 12.00pm, and 5.30pm – 7.00pm will be unaffected.

Programs Pool
There are changes to the public swimming availability.
No public space will be available as follows:
Tuesday, 18 October | 9.00am – 10.00am & 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Wednesday, 19 October | 6.30pm – 7.00pm

AquaFit classes will run as usual in the Programs Pool – No public space available during classes.

Facility Hire
Facility hire will be unavailable between Monday, 17 October – Friday, 21 October.
For urgent facility hire enquiries, or to change bookings between Wednesday, 12 October 2022 – Monday, 24 October 2022, please contact the Centre.
Hire after these dates can be arranged with the Bookings Officer from the Monday, 24 October 2022

LAFit
Dryland Group Fitness Classes will not be affected, nor the LAFit gym floor.

Parking
The usual parking conditions apply. See Centre signage for details, or contact Customer Service at Town Hall for information.
As we anticipate increased spectators in the Centre during this time, parking may be limited. We strongly encourage patrons to leave enough time to travel to and from the Centre and find parking.
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Welcome to Launceston – your home away from home for the Special Olympics Australia National Games in October 2022.

All Event : Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Football (Soccer), Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis (Demonstration sport), and Tennis

A place to connect with a community of locals, we are quietly proud of our idyllic city and region and ready to warmly welcome you all.

With the Games taking place in various unique venues across the region, there will be no shortage of opportunities to explore Northern Tasmania.

The city has an abundance of natural wonders to discover, while our position in the heart of Tasmania provides you with the perfect base for your Tasmanian adventure.

Special Olympics Australia is part of a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Our volunteers create accessible sports training, coaching and competition opportunities which are offered week-in and week-out in local communities throughout Australia.

Despite what many people think, we’re not the Paralympics. The Paralympics is for elite athletes, mainly with physical disability. Special Olympics is for people with intellectual disability.

At Special Olympics Australia everyone with an intellectual disability is welcome. Some participants join to have fun, make friends and enjoy the warmth of a welcoming community, while others are focussed on winning and receiving medals.

We’re not just a major sports event. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training in multiple sports as well as competition at local, state, national and international level. The pinnacle of our competition ladder is the World Games which is hosted on a four-year cycle in summer and winter sports. We also provide health and leadership programs.

850,000 Australians people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. They are the largest disability population in the country and the world, and in Australia another child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability every two hours.

People with intellectual disability can learn new skills and can accomplish goals. They just learn differently, or need more time or support to succeed.

Our focus is to make ability visible. Unlike physical disability, intellectual disability is sometimes invisible.
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NATIONAL GAMES
The National Board reiterated the decision for the 2022 National Games to take place from 17-22 October in Launceston. The unanimous agreement was based upon advice from the Games Organising Committee, Games Director, and leadership team.

All Event : Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Football (Soccer), Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis (Demonstration sport), and Tennis

Extensive work has been conducted with a range of people and organisations from sport and health industries to ensure that the needs of athletes, families, and volunteers are all met in a safe environment.

Plans and decisions have all been made with athletes at the centre of all considerations.

We will continue to work with relevant authorities to finalise and implement the necessary COVID-19 prevention and response measures that will enable our Games to take place safely and successfully. Our plans will provide a safe balance between caution and connection.

We know how challenging the past few years have been for everyone without training and competition. You have displayed tremendous perseverance – living in lockdowns, missing the usual ways to meet, learning new ways to train, finding new ways to connect.

Our Games in Launceston will be the moment to meet, connect, and thrive.

Thank you to the Heads of Delegation, State team leadership and committees for their continued support in helping work through these complex issues. With your continued support, we are confident that the 2022 National Games will be an unforgettable athlete experience, with high-quality competition in a safe environment.

EQUESTRIAN
The National Board accepted the recommendation from the National Sports Advisory Group, that equestrian is removed from the 2022 National Games.

This decision was based upon input from teams willing to attend the Games in the planned format. Unfortunately, this format of equestrian would not have created meaningful competition for athletes.

We remain committed to supporting equestrian athletes on their pathway to the World Games. We will support organisation of an invitational event for equestrian athletes to qualify for 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.

More information will be provided to equestrian athletes and teams as the details of this invitational event are finalised.
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