Young women from diverse cultural backgrounds have all joined together to participate in GoActive’s Trisport Tournament.
The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) developed the GoActive health and fitness program as an initiative to help facilitate a safe environment for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to play sport. The program aims to ensure that all women have the opportunity to lead healthier lives through participation in recreational sporting activities with the goal of moving them into ongoing sports competitions or regular training.
On Sunday November 24, 150 Muslim and non-Muslim women took part in the GoActive Trisport Tournament, some of whom had never played sport before. The all-women’s indoor tournament gave participants a safe and friendly environment to really get involved and have fun.
“Now that I've finished school I wanted to get out there and be more active,” said Ayse Akca in an interview with SBS News, who covered the Tournament.
“Just being close together, having fun with the girls and not having to worry about everything” was definitely a big part of the day, continued Ms Akca.
Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace attended the tournament as an international observer whilst visiting Australia. Mr Wilfried Lemke has travelled the globe attending sports and fitness related events and noted that never before had he witnessed such a fantastic and ground-breaking initiative.
Mr Wilfried Lemke commented that the concept of having a sports tournament of this nature was truly an inspirational initiative and needs to be a model for future events. The sports tournament was a one-day tri-sport competition where all participants partook in three different sports, including basketball, soccer and newcombe ball.