Have you ever been to Kaunas, in Lithuania?
Chances are you haven’t, as this charming European city is not frequently visited by Australians.
But, that is where the Lake Macquarie team for the International Children’s Games (ICG) will be going next year.
One of the great things about the ICG is that it takes place in some really interesting locations around the world.
Unlike the Olympic Games, this annual international gathering of young sportspeople is not confined to capital cities – indeed, Lake Macquarie hosted it in 2014.
Neither is the ICG restricted to elite athletes.
The emphasis is on participation, which makes it a fantastic platform for emerging athletes who want to gain international experience and push their performances to the next level.
Lake Macquarie City Council and the Hunter Academy of Sport have called for nominations for the city’s 2017 team in five sports.
The city will be sending representatives in swimming, athletics (track and field), sailing (Optimist and Laser 4.7 classes), basketball (three-on-three) and football (six-a-side).
The Games are open to children who will be aged from 12 to 15 on December 31, 2017, who live in or attend school in the Lake Macquarie local government area.
Nominations are open until December 19 and you can find more information on the website of the Hunter Academy of Sport, which will manage the team.
I look forward to supporting the the 2017 team for Kaunas and encourage eligible young sportspeople to take advantage of this opportunity and put their names forward.
Lake Macquarie has a long association with children’s games, which is the largest multi-sport youth event in the world and sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee.
Past competitors from Lake Macquarie speak in glowing terms about the experience of representing their city and country, living in the athletes’ village and mixing with children from other countries.
The ICG offers a unique chance for young athletes to make new friends and, through their shared love for sport, develop an understanding of and respect for people from other cultures.
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