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International Children’s Games

09/07/2016

As our Berrigan Shire team is flying out on Sunday to participate in the International Children’s Games we thought we would feature their last competition and the history of the International Children’s Games in our Flashback Friday.

A Slovenian sports instructor Metod Klemenc founded the International Children's Games in 1968, with the aim of promoting peace and friendship through sports to the world's youth. He organised the first International Children's Games and Cultural Festival in Celje, Slovenia, in 1968, with the participation of teams from nine European cities.

Since that time, 37,000 children aged 12 to 15 have competed at 47 Summer Games and 6 Winter Games. 411 different cities, 86 countries and all 5 continents have participated. The International Children's Games and Cultural Festival has become the world's largest international multi-sport youth games, and is a recognised member of the International Olympic Committee.

The Berrigan Shire were invited by Lake Macquarie, to participate when they hosted the games in 2014, and 15 local youths competed. Of 23 individual events, not including relays, 15 personal best times were recorded.


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