unitEd througH sPort festivAl succesS preseNts blueprInt for the futuRe
Following the unprecedented success of the inaugural United Through Sport Festival 2018 at SportAccord last year, organisers are now looking ahead to the next edition in Gold Coast, Australia, hoping to building on an important legacy that began in Bangkok.
In April, the United Through Sport Festival took SportAccord to the streets of Bangkok in a celebration of sport and culture that showcased the passion and vibrancy of the Thai people. Taking place over three days, the 2018 festival incorporated 64 unique sports and over 100 children, and mixed traditional ceremony with engaging sports demonstrations and presentations.
Under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and GAISF, the concept that began with the SportAccord sports demo zone was transformed into a captivating, immersive festival, enabling sports federations to directly engage with local communities and raise money for displaced and underprivileged communities around the world.
The festival was also integral to the creation of two brand new National Sports Federations in Thailand – fistball and powerlifting – highlighting the potential for the federations taking part to grow their sport.
This year GAISF, working alongside the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), United Through Sport (UTS), SportAccord and the Gold Coast Organising Committee, is looking to capture the spirit of Gold Coast, and has issued a letter to its Members, inviting them to participate in the 2019 edition of the festival.
Federations have the opportunity to take part in a number of ways, from demonstrating on site to visiting local schools and hosting competitions. A range of sports will be showcased, including beach, grass and combat events.
AIMS President Stephan Fox said:
“The next SportAccord will be held in the beautiful Gold Coast and once again the festival is part of the convention where it will certainly have a different feel to Bangkok, as the festival location is where the grass meets the beach in Kurrawa Park.
“We have been working as a team with GAISF, AIMS, UTS, SportAccord and the LOC of Gold Coast to ensure the focus is once again on youth, giving a festival atmosphere in which the main focus is not competition but participation, with the emphasis on demonstration and fun.”
GAISF Senior Vice President Raffaele Chiulli said:
“The United Through Sport Festival is a great chance to unite, to showcase, and to inspire. Last year two National Federations were created in Thailand, and in 2019 we want to go even further, providing more opportunities for International Federations to take part and develop their sport.”
The United Through Sport Festival 2019 will take place following the conclusion of SportAccord 2019, from 10-12 May. For more information on the festival, please contact Lia Luzzi (Lia.Luzzi@GAISF.sport).