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Captain Michael Ennis and wife Simone put their family holiday on hold, opting instead to spend Friday, October 11 at Admiralty House for the announcement of the 400-strong Australian Team for the inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games 2013, to be held in Newcastle from 1 to 7 December.

The announcement was made at a formal event hosted by Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Patron of Special Olympics Australia, and emceed by Olympic Champion, Geoff Huegill.

Special Olympics Australia is the leading sporting organisation for people with an intellectual disability. With less than 50 days until the Opening Ceremony, the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games will welcome more than 2,500 athletes, 5,000 volunteers, and more than 200,000 spectators from 32 countries to Newcastle, NSW.

The days events were Michael and Simones first experience as National Ambassadors for Special Olympics Australia. The couple were in high company including a number of honorary guests, ministers, national ambassadors, VIP guests and the Special Olympics Australian team athletes.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is the largest grassroots sport and humanitarian organisation in the world, having grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.5 million in more than 185 countries in all regions in the world.

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