As we celebrate the success of our Olympians in London, we now shift our focus and support to the Australian athletes who are about to compete in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
For the first time since the program launched in 1992, Australian students will be invited to write letters of support to Australia’s Paralympic Athletes via the Australia Post Letter Link program.
Primary school children across the country have already sent thousands of letters of support to our Olympic athletes, and with the Paralympic Games just around the corner, students now have the opportunity to write to a Paralympian to boost their spirits as they strive for gold in London.
The London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony is on August 29, followed by 11 days of exciting competition. With 161 athletes competing in 13 sports, the Australian team is tipped to uphold their top 5 ranking on the medal tally.
The pinnacle of sport for athletes with a disability, the Paralympic Games give students the opportunity to learn about another side of sport and draw inspiration from people who have had to overcome some enormous obstacles to become professional athletes.
“It’s great that Australia Post are encouraging kids to write to our Paralympians in London. Over half of the Team are competing in their very first Paralympic Games, so I’m sure that they will really appreciate letters of support from back home,” said Don Elgin, Athletics Team Manager, 2012 Australian Paralympic Team.
This year, students and their teachers can also draw from the resources on the Australia Post Letter Link website, including colourful letter templates, information about the games and how mail is delivered.
To find out more information and to write a letter, visit auspost.com.au/education.
Visit the official Australian Paralympic Team website at www.london2012.paralympic.org.au/athletes for a list of the current Australian Paralympic Team.
Olympic and Paralympic Team Posties, all of whom are Australia Post employees, will sort and deliver the Letter Link letters to the Athletes’ Village in London.