Lake Macquarie Council discussed entering into an updated memorandum of understanding with Hunter Academy of Sport to manage the future participation of a local team at the International Children’s Games.

Lake Mayor Kay Fraser says they entered into an arrangement with the Hunter Academy of Sports two years ago are now reviewing the memorandum of understanding to increase funding.

“It’s really quite exciting because we’re planning now to send another Lake Macquarie team to the 2018 International Children’s Games which is being held in Jerusalem”, Cr Fraser says.

The International Children’s Games have been running since 1968 and attract more than 1,500 young athletes from around the world each year.

“It’s open to young people between 12 to 15 and we have a number of sports that we encourage people to apply”, Cr Fraser says, “Could be athletics, could be swimming, could be a whole range of sports”.

Lake Macquarie will shortly be calling for expressions of interest from young athletes.

“It’s a great opportunity for young people to experience different cultures and have an understanding of what it’s like to compete at a high level”, Cr Fraser says.

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More information about the International Children’s Games details and how to apply