International Children's Games
The University of Newcastle is a proud partner of the Lake Macquarie International Children's Games (ICG). Held from December 6 – 11, these are the largest multi-sport youth games in the world.
More than 1500 athletes aged between 12 and 15, along with 3000 anticipated international visitors, will descend on Australia to represent their home cities.
In an Australian-first, Lake Macquarie is the first Australian city to participate in the ICG, first competing in San Francisco in 2008, and now, in 2014 being the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to host the games.
The ICG has its roots back in the Cold War of 1968 when a Slovenian physical education teacher had a vision of encouraging peace and goodwill amongst children of all cultural backgrounds.
From the first games with nine towns taking part, the ICG has grown to an even where more than 400 cities from five continents participate in this event.
Events cover a broad spectrum, from swimming, gymnastics and athletics through to sailing, water polo and BMX.
The Games will open with a lavish ceremony at Speers Point Park on Sunday December 7 with an opening parade, live entertainment and local and international performers such as Christine Anu and local theme song competition winner Mia Sifflet. Carols by Candlelight will also be a feature, and the night will conclude with a fireworks finale.
Find out more at the International Children's Games website.
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