From Ufa, Russia with love

Date posted: 1 August 2019

It’s good to be back home in Lake Macquarie. As much as I like holidays, I have missed being home and there is something comforting about seeing our beautiful expansive lake after being away.

I had a wonderful time, especially with Team Lake Mac at the International Children’s Games in Ufa, Russia. The team showed incredible spirit, a hunger to compete and represented our City with the greatest of pride. The kids continuously had smiles on their faces and made countless friends from all corners of the globe.

The ICG is the biggest youth multi-sport event in the world and is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. Lake Macquarie has been a regular participant in the annual Games since 2008 and in 2014 became the first Australian city to host the event.

We again had a great group of kids this year who really embodied the spirit of the games, competing at a high-level and participating not only as competitors but also as goodwill ambassadors for our City and Australia. It is an incredible achievement, particularly when you consider that all of our 14 local swimmers and athletes were aged between 12 and 15 years, so it was an unbelievable opportunity for them to represent our country and Lake Macquarie, as well as gain maturity as an athlete.

The athletes’ village was a highlight for the kids when they got their chance to mix with competitors from all over the world. But, I am also pleased to say that they achieved some amazing personal bests and competed in a range of A and B finals during their swimming and athletics events.

I would like to congratulate all of our 14 athletes and their families. It is no small achievement competing, but also funding their own trips to the games. Thank you to the team at Hunter Academy of Sport, and particularly Karen Turner, who is the driving force behind getting a Lake Mac team to the games. It was a pleasure to join Team Lake Mac in Ufa, Russia.

While I have been away, Council has made some incredible progress on a range of projects across our City. I’m looking forward to getting back to work for our community and seeing more about the agreement which was reached to start work on the Munibung Road extension, as well as hearing feedback from the community about the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan.

Article by Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser

Page last updated: 1 August 2019