The Pacific School Games (PSG) is an international sporting event for school students aged ten to nineteen years. It is the flagship event of School Sport Australia, which provides educational opportunities for Australian and international students through the conducting of games in a range of sports.
The focal point of the Pacific School Games is to expand on the activities of the member bodies across Australia and their international guests in order to participate in competitions offered at both Primary and Secondary levels. Sporting disciplines are an integral part of the Pacific School Games, but they also offer an immense educational, multicultural and social benefit for participants.
The Pacific School Games has a strong focus on including sports in which students with disabilities are able to participate. The organising committee of the Pacific School Games has a strong link with the Paralympics Committee, Deaf Sports Australia and AusRapid in regard to organising such specialist events. They also work with these organisations to create pathways through to national championships in the competitors' chosen disciplines.
The core components of the Pacific School Games are:
• to ensure a high level of international sporting competition
• to include curricular opportunities including performing arts, health and nutrition, sports journalism, hospitality and work experience
• to provide opportunities to interact in a multicultural environment with visiting nations.
School Sport Australia is very pleased to enter into agreement with and expresses appreciation for the support and commitment of the South Australian Tourism Commission.
The sports of the biennial Pacific School Games would include the core disciplines of track and field, and swimming and diving on a rotational basis every two years, together with other sports.
DURATION & PARTICIPANTS
The Pacific School Games is a ten day event and will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, with the competition and education activities being conducted over the period 21st - 29th November 2015.
Together with all States and Territories of Australia, invitations to participate will be issued to countries that have attended any previous Pacific School Games. These include:
Papua New Guinea
Wallis & Futuna Islands
SCHEDULE & GROWTH
In the past, the Pacific School Games have been scheduled every four years. However, this has varied from time to time in order to fit in with special events and celebrations. To facilitate consistent branding and an extended return on investment of partners and sponsors, the Pacific School Games will be held on a biennial basis starting in 2015.
The headline Pacific School Games were held in Brisbane in 1982 as a lead into the Commonwealth Games. Since then the Games have been held in Melbourne in 1984 and 2005, Sydney in 1988 and 2000, Darwin in 1992, Perth in 1996 and Canberra in 2008.
The event has grown from 2187 participants 1982 to the most recent event in Canberra which saw 4888 participants take part. Teams from all states and territories of Australia and as many as thirty visiting nations have participated in the Pacific School Games.
For further information please contact:
Brad Allen, Executive Officer, School Sport Australia