Photo by Rotarian Evan Burrell
Photo by Rotarian Evan Burrell

The fifth annual Australian Rotaract Games was held in Sydney on February 6 and 7, 2016, with 100 participants from Rotaract Clubs across Australia (and a few from around the world).

The Games are a chance for Rotaractors to meet other members in a social setting that also gives space for collaboration, idea and success sharing, and some fundraising.

A feature of the event was a talk by Sports Matters CEO Jackie Lauff:

We had an awesome day at the Australian Rotaract Games on Saturday and our CEO, Jackie Lauff, spoke at the ARG2016…

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Several other donations will be made to Rotaractors Against Malaria, part of Rotary’s effort to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

Participants in the Games were divided into 12 teams to compete in sports like touch football, soccer and frisbee, plus trivia and other brain teasers. There was also a city-wide scavenger hunt during which participants met up with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and were broadcast on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise program.

#RotaractAustralia #ARG2016 Team Purple just got 8 points promoting #Rotaract at Channel 7 on #MartinPlace

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One of the Rotaract Games teams with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Rotaract Australia thanks the organising team:

  • Chair – Ricky Leong
  • Deputy Chair and Venue Director – Shaheeda Dorairaj
  • Secretary – Rachel Kwong
  • Treasurer – Sam Struthers
  • Socials and Catering Director – Victoria Evans
  • Volunteering Director – Edwina Chappel
  • Games Director – Jake Robinson
  • Marketing & PR – Elyse Dean / Jack Mallen-Cooper

The 2017 Australian Rotaract Games will be held in Perth, Western Australia.

A summary of ARG2016 by the Games Committee Chairperson, Ricky Leong:

Rotaract Games took place at Sydney University from 6-7th February, 2016. The event was sold out, with 96 people registered in 12 teams of 8. In attendance were Rotaractors from every state in NSW, Canada, Belgium & NZ.

Rotaract Games was a weekend away, packed full of sports, teambuilding and socials. Activities catered to the sporty, intellectual, social and more, to allow everyone to participate and have fun – wherever their strengths lay.

The Friday Night started with a Nightlife Tour around Newtown, of one of Sydney premier party zones. This was followed by assorted Games on Saturday and the Saturday Social at 80 Proof (which went off!).

On Sunday, there was an amazing race, where teams photographed themselves doing silly things at landmarks around Sydney. On Monday, we had a lazy day at Sydney’s scenic Manly Beach for everyone who was still in town.

We raised over $1800 for various causes including Sport Matters, RAM, & Rotaract Australia. Diamond Valley, as the winning club, donated their $500 prizemoney to Orange Sky Laundry.

The next Rotaract Games will be held on 3-6 March in Perth. I look forward to seeing you there!