Search on for young athletes to represent Lake Mac on world stage

Date posted: 23 October 2018

The search is on for junior athletes to represent Lake Macquarie next year at the world’s largest multi-sports youth games competition.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said entries were now open for top athletes aged 12-15 from across the city to compete in Russia next July at the 2019 International Children’s Games.

“The International Children’s Games bring together more than 1500 young athletes each year from all corners of the globe,” Cr Fraser said.

“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.

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 2019 instalment will be held in the Russian city of Ufa, about 1400km east of Moscow.

Hunter Academy of Sport Commercial Operations Manager Karen Turner said entries were open to Lake Macquarie athletes and coaches in the disciplines of track and field, swimming and rock climbing.

“The Games bring together an alliance of cities and individuals from around the globe with a common goal of forming friendships and peace through sport,” Ms Turner said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for up and coming young athletes to further their sporting dreams and compete on the world stage.”

Local track and field athlete Jemma Pollard achieved a personal best time in the 100m sprint and made it to the finals of the 400m track event at this year’s Games in Jerusalem, Israel.

“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,” the 13-year-old 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, visiting a country I’ve never been to before and representing Team Lake Macquarie.”

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 for interested athletes and parents will be held at Lake Macquarie City Council’s administration building in Speers Point at 4.30pm on Tuesday 13 November.

Go to hunteracademy.org.au/icg-2019 for more information.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 23 October 2018