AUS+RALLY Friends of Australia Introduction Part 2
We are pleased to announce that 18 local governments and organisations have been recognised as “Friends of Australia”, our official partners of the AUS+RALLY campaign. We last introduced our partners in August (AUS+RALLY Friends network growing), so here is a summary of the new additions since September 2019:
The Executive Committee for the Australian Patrol Competition Project | Lifesaving
Australia played a crucial role in introducing surf lifesaving to Japan in the 1980s and since then, Australian and Japanese lifesavers have worked together to improve lifesaving outcomes. Lifesaving is a great example of sports diplomacy in action.
On 26-27 October 2019, the Committee held the first Lifesaving Patrol Competition in Japan. Patrol Competitions not only improve life-saving physical skills, but also reinforce rescue techniques and know-how: all necessary skills for surf patrols to ensure safer beaches. Five Japanese lifesaving clubs competed in the competition at Iwai beach, Chiba, which featured demonstrations by Australian national champion members and judges.
Learn more about the competition here.
Australian Football League Japan | Australian rules football
Australian Football League Japan (AFL Japan) has been the governing body for Australian rules football in Japan since 1986. AFL Japan manages Australian football leagues (A. League and Go League) in Japan and works to promote and spread Aussie rules in Japan.
AFL Japan conducted workshops at the Shibuya Friendship Festival this year in August showcasing the sporting spirit of Australia. On 7 December, they hosted an AFL Japan Day at Shibuya Scramble square where first-timers challenged themselves to a bit of footie, Australian photo booths and more!
Kobe City | Para-sports
Kobe city is the host city of the 2020 Australian Paralympic Team’s pre-Games staging camp. Paralympics Australia staff travelled around Japan looking for the most suitable location, and Kobe’s facilities and accessible accommodation provided the ideal fit for the team. A large number of Australian para-athletes from different sporting disciplines will stage in Kobe before moving to the Paralympics village. Kobe city has enjoyed a sister-city relationship with Brisbane since 1985, featuring an active exchange program. Kobe city is a registered Host Town with the Japanese Government Cabinet Secretariat’s Host Town Initiative.
Inashiki City | Trampoline
Inashiki city, Ibaraki hosted the Australian trampoline team at a staging camp for the Trampoline World Championships held at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in November 2019. Inashiki hosted the Trampoline games for the 2019 National Sports Championships (Ibaraki Kokutai) and is the hometown to Tetsuya Sotomura, a Japanese Trampoline Olympian who studied in Australia.
Come, rally around the best of Australia.
The Australian Embassy Tokyo is calling for organisations
to be a part of our AUS+RALLY campaign as Friends of Australia.