On 6-11 December 2014, Lake Macquarie will welcome athletes, coaches, city representatives and visitors from around the world as host of the 2014 International Children's Games (ICG), an event that is certain to inspire young people to build cross-cultural relationships as they compete on an international stage.
Come to Lake Macquarie for this first-ever international sporting event in Australia. Photo from the event website.
Lake Macquarie is the first Australian city to participate in the ICG during the 2008 games in San Francisco, USA. It is also the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to host the games, which has grown to an impressive sports event with more than 400 cities from five continents participating, each sharing the core ideas of promoting peace and understanding across different cultures. It is a recognised member of the International Olympic Committee, and is the largest multi-sport youth games in the world. Approximately 1,500 athletes between 12 and 15 years of age, and their coaches, participate in this prestigious event each year.
Events in the Lake Macquarie 2014 International Children's Games include swimming, gymnastics, Track and Field, Football, Sailing, Water Polo, Golf and BMX. Everyone is invited to come and visit, cheer the athletes, and support the ideals of promoting friendship, peace and understanding among the youth through sports.