Team Lake Mac Named for International Children’s Games
15th March 2018
By Hunter Academy of Sport
Picture: Back row L- R: Benjamin Roberts, Caleb Baker, Skye Southam, Travis Petersen, Brew Austin, Mayor Kay Fraser, Mavis Godber (athletics coach).
Front row L-R: Dillon Siv, Emily Dobbins, Bryce Webber, Erica Wattus, Millie Warham, Jemma Pollard, Jasmine Roberts.
A team of 12 swimmers, track and field athletes and tennis players has been named to represent the City of Lake Macquarie at the International Children’s Games (ICG) in Jerusalem from 29 July to 3 August 2018.
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.
The athletes selected for Team Lake Mac are: Caleb Baker, Skye Southam, Brew Austin, Dillon Siv and Emily Dobbins (swimming); Benjamin Roberts, Travis Petersen, Bryce Webber, Jemma Pollard and Jasmine Roberts (athletics); and, Erica Wattus and Millie Warham (tennis).
Team Lake Mac will be managed by the Hunter Academy of Sport and accompanied by the Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser.
“The International Children’s Games is a high-level competition that uses the medium of sport to promote cultural awareness and interaction, so our young athletes participate not only as competitors but also as goodwill ambassadors for their city and country,” Cr Fraser said.
Head of Delegation, Karen Turner, from the Hunter Academy of Sport, said the Games were a great opportunity for emerging athletes.
“All of the competitors are aged between 12 and 15 so it is a rare chance for them to compete internationally and gain maturity as an athlete, all while making new friends and learning about other cultures,” Ms Turner said.
Four coaches have been appointed to guide the athletes in their preparation and accompany the team to Jerusalem: Mavis Godber and Gerrard Keating (athletics), Karen Leth (swimming) and Christina Laurie (tennis).