What is the Pacific School Games?
Incomparable to any other international school sport championship, the Pacific School Games provides opportunities for around 4000 school-aged students to participate in 11 different sports at the highest level. It is the flagship event of School Sport Australia, which provides educational opportunities for Australian and international students through the conducting of games in a range of sports.
Who competes in the Games?
Students aged between 10 – 19 years from at least 15 countries, including every Australian State and Territory, will compete from December 3 – 9, 2017. Australian students qualify for the Games through their state or territory school sport unit pathways and international students follow their national school sporting association pathways.
What sports will feature in the Games?
An all-inclusive program will be conducted in various age groups and categories in the following sports:
- Basketball – 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls
- Diving – 10 – 19 Years Boys and Girls
- Football (Soccer) – 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls; 16 Years & Under Boys; and 18 Years & Under Girls
- Goalball (for vision impaired) – 15 Years & Under Mixed Boys and Girls
- Golf – 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls; 17 Years & Under Boys and Girls
- Hockey – 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls; 16 Years & Under Boys and Girls
- Netball – 12 Years & Under; 15 Years & Under Girls
- Softball – 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls; 17 Years & Under Boys and Girls
- Swimming – 10-19 Years Boys and Girls
- Touch Football – 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls; 15 Years & Under Boys and Girls
- Track and Field – 10 to 12 Years Boys and Girls
Where are the Games held?
The 2017 Pacific School Games are heading back to Adelaide! The competiton venues for each sport will be:
- Basketball – ARC, Campbelltown
- Diving – State Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park
- Football (Soccer) – Campbelltown City Soccer Club, Newton
- Goalball (for vision impaired) – Heathfield High, 99 Longwood Road, Heathfield
- Golf – Various Adelaide Golf Courses
- Hockey – State Hockey Centre, Gepps Cross; Port Adelaide District Hockey Club, Semaphore and Seacliff Hockey Club, Seacliff.
- Netball – Priceline Stadium, Mile End
- Softball – Adelaide Shores, West Beach
- Swimming – State Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park
- Touch Football – Tampawardi (Park 24), Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Adelaide
- Track and Field – State Athletics Stadium, Mile End
What else happens during the week of competition?
The focal point of the Pacific School Games is to expand on the activities of the member bodies across Australia and their international guests in order to participate in competitions offered at both primary and secondary levels. Sporting disciplines are an integral part of the Pacific School Games, but they also offer an immense educational, multicultural and social benefit for participants.
- The core components of the Pacific School Games are:
to ensure a high level of international sporting competition
- to include curricular, educational and cultural opportunities; and
- to provide opportunities to interact in a multicultural environment with visiting nations.