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Date: Jan­uary 22 to Fe­bru­ary 1, 2015 Cost: $600 for met­ro­pol­i­tan chil­dren. Ages: 12 to 18 More info: www.friend­

“They would never have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in any­thing like this,” he said, speak­ing of the dis­ad­van­taged.

“We’re mak­ing sure no one gets left be­hind as much as pos­si­ble in our fund­ing time frame.”

In pre­vi­ous years, sport­ing op­tions were re­stricted to bas­ket­ball, swimming and ath­let­ics.

But soc­cer, ta­ble ten­nis, bad­minton and volleyball will be on of­fer in 2015, to­gether with demon­stra­tions of Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball and pos­si­bly cricket.

Com­pe­ti­tion will take place across two week­ends, with cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and train­ing camps in­volv­ing high-per­for­mance coaches and pro­fes­sional ath­letes run­ning dur­ing the week.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Friend­ship Games or­gan­iser An­drew Vla­hov (sec­ond from right) with par­tic­i­pants (left to right) Jade Richards, An­drea Ho, Talietha Valen­tine, Sum­mer Wal­ters, Cooper Walawski, Cooper Hamil­ton and Sam Alabakis.

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