Athletes light the Special Olympics torch.

Athletes light the Special Olympics torch.

18 Nov, 2022

Governor’s Tennis Charity Event

Today, the Governor attended the Governor’s Tennis Charity Event at the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club. The event was designed to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Western Australia – specifically for tennis opportunities for people with intellectual disability (PWID) in Perth; with the additional long-term goal of instituting tennis programs that will deliver a pathway to the Special Olympics World Games Perth 2027.

Special Olympics provides sporting pathways and opportunities for people living with intellectual disabilities (ID) and/or autism. The Special Olympics began in Australia in 1976, when many people with ID were institutionalised. Thankfully this no longer occurs and the Olympics are seen as a wonderful advancement in providing opportunities for inclusion and equality through sport.

The Royal Kings Park Tennis Club is described as the former home of tennis in Western Australia. The tennis club was founded in 1899 when Sir John Forrest served the first ball to Lady Forrest. At this point, there were only two asphalt courts and it was called the Mount Tennis Club.

 

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