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