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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Rotorua Police will join some of the Rotorua and Tāupo region’s Special Olympics athletes on Monday 21 November at 3.30pm to carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through the main streets of Rotorua.

The walk will start at the Queen Elizabeth Building at the end of Fenton Street and finish at Government Gardens.

The event is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which will see torches relayed from each end of New Zealand to Hamilton – the venue for the 2022 Special Olympics National Summer Games.

“The support of the New Zealand Police and other service personnel is hugely valued and we look forward to taking to the streets with them as we move throughout the country,” Special Olympics chief executive Carolyn Young says.

“The LETR is one of the highlights of major Special Olympics events, and this year we are excited that the torches will travel to regions and clubs taking part in the National Summer Games.”

Inspector Mark Harrison, of Palmerston North Police, is Director of LETR NZ.

“Once again we are delighted to be able to support the build up to the National Summer Games,” Inspector Harrison says.

“Law enforcement staff are proud to run alongside the athletes through our communities as the Flame of Hope makes its way to the Games in Hamilton.

“The Flame represents so much of what policing is about – it stands for hope, courage, opportunity, inspiration and equality.”

The Rotorua and Tāupo leg of the LETR is one of 30 or more torch run events taking place throughout New Zealand in the lead-up to the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Hamilton.

More than 1,300 athletes from 42 Special Olympics Clubs and three schools will take part in this year’s Games, which will take place from 8 to 13 December.

Held every four years, the Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games is the largest event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand.

The Games are run by Special Olympics New Zealand, which provides a year-round programme of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Similar in style to the Olympic torch relay, the LETR is a series of runs and fundraising events that raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics movement.

Globally more than 90,000 Police professionals and supporters across 46 countries participate in Law Enforcement Torch Runs.


Issued by Police Media Centre

Media invitation

Media are invited to attend the Rotorua and Tāupo LETR to take photos and interview participants, including some of the local Special Olympics stars heading to the National Summer Games in Hamilton.

What:   Law Enforcement Torch Run, Rotorua and Tāupo leg combined

Where:   Meet at: Queen Elizabeth Building at the end of Fenton Street, Rotorua

When:   3.30pm Monday 21 November

Who:   Rotorua Special Olympics athletes, coaches, families and local Police

Contacts: Rotorua Police contact; Inspector Ewen Dunsmuir phone 021 191 3568
Rotorua Special Olympics Contact; Jill Allely 027 234 5062