Nearly 300 athletes from disability organisations across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia will travel to Horsham this weekend for the beginning of the 2017 Tri-State Games.
The 32nd Tri-State Games will begin on Sunday, November 12 through to Friday, November 17.
Athletes will compete in sports such as lawn bowls, soccer, indoor cricket, basketball, table tennis, athletics, swimming and other indoor and outdoor sporting events.
Local community service organisation Pinnacle will send teams representing Stawell and Ararat to Horsham for the Games.
Seven athletes will represent the Stawell Swifts team while 15 will compete for the Ararat Pumas.
The Games return to Horsham for a second consecutive year after a successful 2016 event.
Ararat team manager Donna Hayes said her team is keen for another big competition.
“All the athletes have been busy training throughout the year and are looking forward to some competitive fun and catching up with friends,” she said.
“We wish all the athletes well for the week and encourage the community to show their support by coming along to share this wonderful experience.”
A welcome barbecue will be held on Sunday for all athletes after they arrive at Horsham.
The Opening Ceremony will be held on Monday, November 13 and will include a street parade through town and the raising of the Tri-State Games flag.
Pinnacle chief executive officer Brian Burke said the Games provide a multitude of opportunities.
“It is great for the athletes not just to be able to get out there but to also socialise and make new friends,” he said.
“Opportunities like these have been limited for people with disabilities so it is great for them to be able to represent their region and enjoy themselves.”
At the end of each day of competition, around 450 athletes and team support personnel will enjoy evening functions full of fun consisting of meals, presentations and live entertainment.
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