Today marks the 100 day countdown until the 2019 Arafura Games officially begin and preparations are well and truly underway.
NT sports legend and Local ABC radio sports broadcaster Charlie King will join Darwin comedian and founder of Amiable Communications Amy Hetherington as the very first Ambassadors of the 2019 Arafura Games.
The Ambassadors role is a voluntary role aimed at increasing awareness of the Games, encouraging community support and helping promote the Games through their own networks.
The Arafura Games provide Territory athletes with the opportunity to compete against their international counterparts and also puts Darwin on the world map – helping to grow the economy by boosting visitation to the Territory and strengthening business ties across the globe.
A total of 17 sports disciplines will feature in the Arafura Games, with Basketball 5v5 and Pro Hustle, plus Beach Volleyball and Indoor Volleyball just to name a few.
Around 1500 athletes are expected to compete in the 2019 Arafura Games, with just over 500 athletes currently registered, representing 40 nations across the globe.
The Territory Labor Government made an election promise to bring back the Arafura Games after they were scrapped by the former CLP government in 2011.
The Games will be from April 26 to May 4, 2019, and a number of volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles. To find out more visit arafuragames.nt.gov.au
Quotes to be attributed to Acting Minister for the Arafura Games Lauren Moss:
This sporting event is an opportunity to strengthen and build relationships with our Asia-Pacific neighbours and is a great community event stronger relationships mean more trade opportunities for Territory businesses, which will create jobs and grow our economy.
Today marks the 100 day countdown until the 2019 Arafura Games officially begin and we are delighted to reveal our very first ambassadors, Charlie King and Amy Hetherington.
Ambassadors play a vital role in promoting the Games by raising awareness through their networks and encouraging members of the community to sign up as volunteers.
We look forward to announcing more Ambassadors in the lead up to the Arafura Games, who will help make this years event the biggest and best yet.”
Quotes to be attributed to Arafura Games Ambassador Charlie King:
I feel very honoured to be one of the Ambassadors for the Arafura Games.
Sport has played a huge part in my life for many years so its wonderful to see the Games back in Darwin, giving Territory athletes the chance to compete against international athletes right here in the Top End.”
Quotes to be attributed to Arafura Games Ambassador Amy Hetherington:
I am thrilled to be one of the Ambassadors for the Arafura Games. How exciting to have this massive celebration of culture, sport and achievements back in Darwin!
I can’t wait to cheer by the side-lines, connect with the community and see some sports I’ve never seen before! As a fairly new Darwin resident, this will be my first Arafura Games and I can’t wait!