About the Australian Sikh Games
The Australian Sikh Games is the premier sporting and cultural event for the Australian Sikh community. The Games are held every year over Easter in capital cities and major regional areas around Australia. The event attracts over 3500 athletes and up to 100,000 spectators over three days. The purpose of the Australian Sikh Games is to:
The Australian Sikh Games are a representation of the Sikh community’s competitive spirit and the event forms an integral part of the community’s social calendar. These Games embody family values and incorporate the fundamentals of multiculturalism in Australia.
The Games attract athletes and spectators from around Australia and the world including New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. While the Games are primarily held to bring together the Sikh community each year, the carnival atmosphere is there for all to enjoy.
The Australian Sikh Games include sports such Kabaddi, Soccer, Netball, Hockey, Volleyball, Cricket, Basketball, Touch Football, Tug-o-War, Athletics, Badminton, Golf, Tennis and Wrestling.
There are approximately 100 Australian clubs and 11 international clubs in the organization.
Organisation of the Games
|The Australian Sikh Games are made possible through the help of community organisations from around Australia. These organisations are normally run by volunteers who want to actively contribute to their local Sikh community while also coaching or competing in their chosen sport.The Australian National Sikh Sports and Cultural Council (ANSSACC) acts as an umbrella body of all partners organisations.
Since 2016, separate registered regional ANSSACC body in each state becomes the next host and takes over responsibility for delivering the Games to a new city around Australia. This body comprises of all registered clubs with ANSSACC from that state. Key responsibilities of host organisation include community fundraising, corporate sponsorship, marketing, venue management, sports administration and equipment supply.
History of the Games
|The Punjab region of India is renowned for its sporting history and has a reputation for producing world class athletes. From traditional Indian sports such as kabbadi (wrestling) to adopted sports such as hockey and cricket, Punjabi people and in particular Sikhs from the Punjab, have succeeded at the highest levels. It is no surprise therefore to see that Sikhs have taken their enthusiasm for sport with them across the world. This was certainly the case in 1987 when members of the Sikh community in South Australia decided to host a friendly hockey tournament. The event not only brought together people with a passion for their sport but also represented an occasion for the wider community to celebrate its unique cultural identity, as Sikhs and as Australians.
The success of the inaugural tournament, both on and off the sporting field, led to the inclusion of kabbadi and football in the following years. Over time, the rising popularity of these events led to the establishment of the Australian Sikh Games, held annually over the Easter long weekend.
Today, the popularity of the event is such that Games are rotated between the major cities and key regional locations such as the North Coast of NSW and the Riverland in South Australia.
The Games have been held in leading venues such as ANZ Stadium in Brisbane and have regularly attracted competitors and spectators from across Australia and overseas including New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India and the UK.
The core sports played at the Australian Sikh Games are:
Hockey, Soccer, Netball, Basketball, Kabaddi, Volleyball, Cricket, Tennis, Badminton, Golf, Athletics, Tug-a-war, Touch Football, AFL Nines, Powerlifting
The Australian Sikh Games endeavours to cater for all age group to encourage maximum participation from the Sikh Community. The stand age groups are:
Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17, Seniors Open, Veterans Over 40 and Veterans over 50