Since 1968, the Flame of Hope has been a symbol of respect and inclusion – carried with pride by Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement and supporters alike in the lead up to Special Olympics events. The Flame of Hope symbolizes the Special Olympics goal: shining a light on the talents and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
In the lead up to the Special Olympics World Winter Games, the Flame of Hope will be run throughout Austria, leading up to the start of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Alison Fahey, a NSW Police Officer, has been selected to serve as part of the Final Leg Team as a Guardian of the Flame. Final Leg runners from around the world were selected to proudly represent their local Torch Run and Special Olympics Programs.
The Final Leg team will begin in Bregenz, Austria and embark on two different routes, running the Flame of Hope throughout 45 cities, towns and communities across Austria. They will honour the spirit of the Special Olympics global movement and deliver a message of hope to communities where people with intellectual disabilities continue to fight for acceptance and inclusion.
The Final Leg Team will safely deliver the “Flame of Hope” to the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 Opening Ceremony on Saturday, 18th March 2017.
Congratulations Alison and what a great honour it is to be chosen to be apart of this fantastic movement.