Some 550 participants turned up at Churchill Park, Lautoka to celebrate the launch of the 2019 Olympic Day that mainly included People with Disability and their carers and families.
Based on the three pillars of Move, Learn and Discover,FASANOC along with Fiji National Sports Commission, Sports Matters, Youth Champion for Change, International Olympic Committee, Fiji Gas, Fiji Water,Fiji Olympians Association, Fiji Paralympic Committee, Red Cross (Western),Special Olympic, Fiji Association of the Deaf, National Sporting Federations,FASANOC's Voices of the Athletes, Friends Fiji, Ba Special School, Lautoka Special School, Sunshine Special School, Nadi Special School and Golden Age Home were part of a full day of sports activities and a 400 metre walk.
Grandmother Hami Begum came with her 10-year-old grandson who attends Nadi Special School to be a part of the special day.
"I along with all the other parents want our children and grandchildren to just enjoy the day," she said.
"At times they are treated differently but today everyone was treated the same and all the people helping made us feel like itwas a special day just for us."
Mrs Begum said she was thankful to the organisers for giving her grandson and others a chance to enjoy the Olympic Day.
FASANOC chief executive officer Lorraine Mar said in the two weeks prior to the Olympic Day in Lautoka, they have had teams visiting special schools and communities from Lautoka, Nadi and Ba not only for outreach purposes but also to promote the Olympic Day.
“We have several stakeholders’ the national federations,Special Olympics and to give an opportunity to the special students to know learn about the different sports,” she added.
The Olympic Day is more than just a sports event, it is aday for the world to get active, learn about Olympic Values and discover new sports.
Based on the three pillars of move, learn and discover,National Olympic Committees around the world including Fiji organise sports and education activities that can be enjoyed but everyone.