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Virgin Australia features in a strong trio of major sponsors including Adelaide Airport Limited and Festival Hire throwing their support behind the 2017 Pacific School Games in Adelaide.
The trio will be supported by 2XU, City of West Torrens, City of Holdfast Bay and City of Adelaide at the 10th edition of the world’s best multi-sport school competition for Australian and international students.
The 10th Pacific School Games are also proudly supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia.
Virgin Australia has partnered with the Pacific School Games and will be the preferred flight provider for the event.
“Virgin Australia considers it a real privilege to partner with School Sport Australia, an organisation that has such a strong history of excellence and a deep commitment to the development and promotion of school sport in Australia,” Business Events and Group Sales Manager at Virgin Australia, Neil Robertson said.
Adelaide Airport will be supporting the Games by hosting the Accreditation Centre for athletes, volunteers and supporters.
“Adelaide Airport is excited to support young athletes from across the Asia Pacific and to make their arrival in Adelaide as smooth and welcoming as possible,” Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young said.
“Athletes will be able to register for the Games out in our main plaza directly out the front of the terminal immediately after collecting their luggage, which means they’ll then have more time to enjoy Adelaide’s attractions and hospitality.”
Another major sponsor in 2017 will be Festival Hire, who will provide marquees throughout the Games period and extensive setup equipment in the Games Village at the University of Adelaide.
“Festival Hire looks forward to supplying equipment for the 2017 Games, our Team will be ensuring that is a successful event for the competitors, and importantly showcasing our great state being South Australia,” Communications Manager for Festival Hire, Shane Pope said.
School Sport Australia president Graeme Jennings is very satisfied with the corporate backing the 2017 Games has received to date.
“It is important to get significant backing from businesses and local government when putting on an event such as this,” Jennings explained.
“To have the City of Adelaide with us, alongside the airport, is a big win for the Games from a logistical point of view – and obviously Virgin offer that same type of contribution.”
During the Games school kids from around Australia and across the Pacific will be given the chance to participate in a week-long festival of sport held from December 3 – 9 and hosted by School Sport Australia.
The Pacific School Games will see over 4,000 school students aged 10-19 years from at least 10 countries, including every Australian State and Territory, compete across 11 sports.
Sports on the program at the Games include basketball, diving, football, goalball, golf, hockey, netball, softball, The University of Adelaide swimming, touch football and athletics.
Australian students qualify for the Games through their State or Territory school sport pathways while international students follow their national school sporting association pathways.
Athletes who have competed at the Pacific School Games include former track golden girl Cathy Freeman, swimming stars Ian Thorpe and Kyle Chalmers, who last year was crowned the Olympic 100m freestyle champion in Rio.
The Pacific School Games has a strong history of delivering an outstanding sporting, educational, cultural, social and life-long experience to students from around the world.