Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser has confirmed the region will once again be participating in the International Children’s Games next year, and called on young athletes to put their name forward for the massive multi-sport competition.
“Participating in the Games is not just about the competition – it’s about travelling overseas, discovering other cultures and meeting peers from around the world,” she said.
“The International Children’s Games bring together more than 1500 young athletes each year from all corners of the globe.”
Cr Fraser confirmed entries were now open for athletes aged 12-15 from across the city, with the grand prize the right to compete in the Russian city of Ufa next July.
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Lake Macquarie has sent a team to the Games every year since 2008, and the city hosted the event in 2014.
“The young athletes selected to participate will be ambassadors for our city, taking our spirit of fun and good sportsmanship to the world stage,” Cr Fraser said.
The confirmation comes just months after track and field athlete Jemma Pollard shone with a personal best time at the 2018 Games in Jerusalem.
Pollard made it to the finals of the 400m track event, and blew her previous top time out of the water in the 100m sprint.
“What would I say to someone keen to go? Just do it. It’s a life-changing opportunity and you will have so many amazing memories forever,” Pollard said.
“I was really keen and excited to represent Lake Macquarie in athletics at an international level. And I loved meeting new people from all over the world at the games and visiting a country I’ve never been to before.”
Entry to the Lake Mac ICG 2019 team is open to athletes born in 2004, 2005 and 2006 who either live or go to school in Lake Macquarie.
An information session will be held at Lake Macquarie City Council’s administration building in Speers Point at 4.30pm on Tuesday 13 November.