Sporting from around the world

MORE than 2,500 people celebrated sporting cultures from around the world as part of World Games Day at Blundstone Arena.

Hosted by the Clarence City Council to coincide with World Day for Cultural Diversity and Development, the event featured Wushu, a traditional Chinese form of martial art, hurling, Gaelic football, gridiron, ultimate frisbee, as well as more well known games such as badminton, cricket and softball.

There was also a Community World Cup soccer tournament and the chance to toss a ball with the Hobart Hurricanes.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said World Games Day celebrated the “extraordinary diversity” of the community.

“World Games Day was a chance to connect with people in our community from all backgrounds and cultures,” he said.

“It was a chance to share in sport, dance, music and food from other cultures in a fun and friendly environment.

“Our goal was to break down barriers, to build respect and understanding and really show the rich diversity of our community.”

In addition, the event included international dance like Cuban salsa, Bollywood, tango, Polish dancing, south Indian classical dance, along with a combined schools performance by students from Bayview Secondary College, Lauderdale, Rokeby and Clarendon Vale Primary Schools.

The sporting event also offered attendees the chance to try cuisine from South America, Tibet, Bhutan, Liberia, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone.

World Games Day was supported by a multicultural grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Community Sport and Recreation Division.

Caption: Softball was just one of the sports on display at the Clarence City Council’s recent World Games Day.