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Want a fun day of netball, rugby league, soccer, skateboarding, BMX, baseball 5, or tennis?

The Active Fest is coming to the Cavanbah Centre in Byron on July 14.

The community sports day is aimed at 8–13 year-olds, and will deliver free activities including entertainment, modified sports, giveaways, and a sausage sizzle as part of the fun sports day. 

The Active Fest sports day is being supported by the Office of Sport, in conjunction with Byron Shire Council, and the North Coast Academy of Sport, with leading sporting bodies there on the day running interactive activities. There will even be a skydive demonstration! 

Damian Kelly, who is the Sports and Recreation co-ordinator for Byron Shire Council, says, ‘We are also launching our search for our 2032 Olympians and Paralympians across the Northern Rivers,’ said

‘8-13-year-old girls and boys are going to be our 2032 Olympians and the time and place to start that journey is July 14 at Active Fest Byron.’

Mr Kelly highlighted the range of opportunities that Byron Shire could get involved in with Brisbane hosting the Olympics in 2032, as ‘we are only an hour away from half a dozen Olympic venues’. 

He said that in addition to the Olympic Games the region will see numerous international sporting events taking place here over the next ten years, beginning with the Women’s Basketball World Cup 12 Teams, the Women’s Football World Cup Qualification Tournament (Australia/New Zealand) in 2022, and the Women’s Football World Cup in 2023. The Netball World Cup and Rugby World Cup Australia are set for 2027. 

‘These major events are the pinnacle of their sports and take years to prepare for,’ Mr Kelly explained. 

‘There will be significant opportunity to engage with participating nations to evaluate and develop alignment opportunities for them to call Byron home in the lead up to these major event campaigns.’

Kids 8–13 can register for Active Fest via North Coast Academy of Sport website.

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