Jul 18

Proud to make International Children’s Games history

ANTICIPATION BUILDS: Lake Macquarie mayor Jodie Harrison believes the 2014 International Children’s Games will be memorable for all involved.PEOPLE from cities all over the world are talking about Lake Macquarie.

Why? The 2014 International Children’s Games, of course.

From December 6 to 11, Lake Macquarie will be the first city in the southern hemisphere to host the Games.

The Games are the world’s largest multi-sport youth games and are a member of the International Olympic Committee.

But it’s not just this year that Lake Macquarie will make history.

In 2008 it became the first Australian city to attend the Games in San Francisco.

Now, it’s Lake Macquarie’s turn.

It is anticipated the Games will draw more than 3000 national and international visitors to the seaside city.

More than 1500 athletes between 12 and 15 years will participate in the prestigious event.

As the host city, Lake Macquarie has selected a full delegation of athletes in each of the eight sports – swimming, gymnastics, athletics, football, sailing, water polo, golf and BMX.

With 70 athletes, the team will be the largest competing in the Games.

Newcastle will sport a team of 18.

It is expected more than $5 million will be injected into the local economy in areas such as accommodation and hospitality.

Lake Macquarie mayor Jodie Harrison said the council was excited to put on a big show for the Games.

“The Games will be something for all who participate and attend to remember for many years to come,” she said.

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