Just 90 days until Brisbane hosts world class competition in the INAS Global Games

In just 90 days, 1000 ath­letes from up to 80 coun­tries will con­verge on Bris­bane to com­pete in the INAS Glob­al Games 2019 (GG2019) – the largest, inter­na­tion­al mul­ti-sport event to be held in Aus­tralia this year.

Held every four years the INAS Glob­al Games is a world class sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion where ath­letes with an intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment must achieve a high-lev­el qual­i­fi­ca­tion to com­pete in their sports before being select­ed to rep­re­sent their country.

Over sev­en inten­sive days of com­pe­ti­tion from 12 – 19 Octo­ber ath­letes from around the globe will con­test ten inter­na­tion­al­ly sanc­tioned sports that include: ath­let­ics, bas­ket­ball, crick­et, cycling, fut­sal, row­ing, swim­ming, table ten­nis, taek­won­do and tennis.

INAS Glob­al Games 2019 (GG2019) CEO, Robyn Smith said the count­down had tru­ly begun with team lists being finalised and teams prepar­ing to head to Aus­tralia from coun­tries includ­ing France, Amer­i­ca, Great Britain, New Zealand, Japan and China.

This is a tru­ly inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tion and whilst the rival­ry is friend­ly, it is fierce­ly com­pet­i­tive with three of our sports fea­tur­ing events that can qual­i­fy ath­letes for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

This event is host­ed by Sport Inclu­sion Aus­tralia and is a cel­e­bra­tion of the incred­i­ble abil­i­ties these ath­letes have in their cho­sen sports – they all have phe­nom­e­nal tal­ent and like all ath­letes work incred­i­bly hard to rep­re­sent their country.

Through host­ing these Games, we know we can chal­lenge per­cep­tions, change atti­tudes and strength­en com­mu­ni­ties local­ly and glob­al­ly and leave a lega­cy that show­cas­es the pow­er of sport to break down bar­ri­ers and cre­ate social inclusion.”

In the true nature of an inter­na­tion­al event, Ms Smith said organ­is­ers will short­ly announce the Aus­tralian Glob­al Games team, reveal the event mas­cot and the spec­tac­u­lar medals, as well as reveal­ing how spec­ta­tors and fans can attend this incred­i­ble event.

The first mul­ti-sport event for ath­letes with an intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment was held in Harnosand, Swe­den in 1989. The last INAS Glob­al Games was held in Ecuador in 2015.

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