The Flame of Hope was proudly held high on a chilly Saturday morning in a short torch relay down Hollylea Road to mark the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics State Bowling Championships at Campbelltown City Bowl.

A guard of honour of special sportspeople from all over the state, their families and friends enthusiastically cheered on the relay, that was supported by the Campbelltown City Police Area Command as part of the NSW Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Declaring the championships open, Superintendent Julian Griffiths. Commander, Campbelltown City Police Area Command said that the Law Enforcement Torch Run is a worldwide policing organisation that is committed to raising awareness across the communities for the great work carried out by the Special Olympics movement in assisting people who are intellectually disabled achieve through sport.

“The NSW Police Force is proud to assist the Special Olympics movement in raising money and raising awareness by conducting and participating in these torch runs for you Special Olympics athletes who are very special to us,” he said.

“Your family, friends and all the LETR members and we the police at Campbelltown are very proud of your achievements!”

During the course of the day medals were presented to those leading competitors.