Happy 45th an­niver­sary -

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - ROX­ANNE WIL­SON

THEY come from all over the world, but these in­ter­na­tional stu­dents felt right at home par­tic­i­pat­ing in the City-Bay this morn­ing.

The group of run­ners par­tic­i­pated as mem­bers of the StudyAde­laide Stu­dent Am­bas­sador pro­gram, which aims to in­tro­duce in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to as­pects of Aus­tralian life­style.

Jakia Fer­dous, from Bangladesh, said she com­pleted the 12km dis­tance from El­der Park to Mose­ley Square in Glenelg. “I have heard from some of my friends that it (the City-Bay) is very pop­u­lar and South Aus­tralia’s own thing,” the 23-year-old said. “It is an event for ev­ery­one.”

For 21-year-old Suzy Huynh, who ar­rived from Viet­nam in Oc­to­ber last year, the event was a “re­ally good way” to con­nect to the com­mu­nity. Ms Huynh, study­ing nurs­ing at Flin­ders Univer­sity, said she planned to run the 6km as part of the StudyAde­laide Reds team. “It is a way we can know more about Ade­laide city,” she said.

StudyAde­laide chief ex­ec­u­tive Karyn Kent said the City-Bay was a “per­fect event” for the stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in. “We run a stu­dent en­gage­ment pro­gram for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents through­out the year and this pro­gram aims to in­tro­duce them to as­pects of Aus­tralian life­style and in par­tic­u­lar Ade­laide,” she said. “We know in­ter­na­tional stu­dents have a real de­sire to con­nect with both lo­cal stu­dents and also their com­mu­nity.

“The City-Bay is one of those iconic evens that re­ally cap­tures some of the things we’re known for: the ac­ces­si­bil­ity be­tween the city and the beach (and) get­ting out­doors.”

GAME ON: Michelle Howie, Jakia Fer­dous, Suzy Huynh and Ade­lene Oa. Pic­ture: BIANCA DE MARCHI

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