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ASEAN Games Australia 2014

IN its third year, ASEAN Games Australia is fast becoming a fixture on the international student sporting calendar. Nigel Chee tells you how you can get a slice of the action this September 12 to 14. 

ASEAN Games Australia 2012, Ultimiate Frisbee Photo: Aaron Yu

ASEAN Games Australia 2012, Ultimate Frisbee Photo: Aaron Yu

International students in Australia are gearing up to represent their home countries at the 2014 ASEAN Games Australia.

Taking place this September 12 to 14 at various locations around Albert Park in Melbourne, ASEAN Games Australia is now in its third year, and is fast becoming an annual fixture on the international student sporting calendar.

Participants will be competing in events such as badminton, basketball, futsal, netball, squash and even ultimate frisbee, with cash prizes worth more than $3,500 up for grabs, and vouchers from event sponsors to be won.

Ahead of the tennis finals at last year's ASEAN Games Australia. Photo: Samuel Eng

Ahead of the tennis finals at last year’s ASEAN Games Australia. Photo: Samuel Eng

Led by the Victorian chapter of the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia in collaboration with other ASEAN student councils, the event is this year also supported by  the Council of International Students Australia.

While international students are expected to make up a large proportion of participants, the Games is open to everyone from ASEAN countries in Australia. ASEAN, or the Association of South East Nations, comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.

Photo: Samuel Eng

Photo: Samuel Eng

Aimed at promoting unity as well as sporting participation from the ASEAN community across Australia, the theme for this year’s games is “Embrace Diversity, Celebrate Victory”.

Speaking at the official launch for player registrations on July 30, ASEAN Games Australia project director Sheh Tyne Yeo said it was about encouraging “people from ASEAN member states to gather together and participate in this sports event to bring out their passion in sports together as one”.

“Though we may come from different countries, we still share the same drive to excel in the sports we are passionate about,” Miss Yeo said.

Interested to show off that backhand, or score some goals? There’s no time to lose as registrations to compete closes tomorrow, September 6.  Head to the official website now to register. 

To watch your team play or follow your favourite sport, check out the ASEAN Games Australia schedule which includes important information about start times and venues.  

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