The Arafura Games is an iconic event for the Top End, and the 2019 Games will continue to be one of most important sporting events within the Asia-Pacific region for emerging athletes.
The city will shine on the sporting stage and the promotional exposure for business, trade, investment, tourism and events will support the region’s growth.
From 27 April 2019, athletes and team officials from many Asia-Pacific nations and Territories will converge in Darwin for an eight day sporting, business and cultural event.
It is an event through which friendship, goodwill and understanding between competing nations and the Northern Territory is fostered.
Champions united by friendship.
The Games are underpinned by three founding principles:
- EMERGING CHAMPIONS:
The Arafura Games focuses on athletes who are on the way up, striving to compete at their highest level. The Games provide a stepping stone for athletes aspiring to represent their countries at the pinnacle of their sport. Competition is offered to regional and developing athletes as well as national teams to experience the thrill and excitement of a high quality international sporting event.
- SPORTING NEIGHBOURS:
Countries of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond are invited to come together to compete in a friendly sporting environment.The Arafura Games provides a pathway through which friendship, goodwill and cultural understanding between competing nations will strengthen and flourish.
- SHARING KNOWLEDGE:
The Arafura Games provides opportunities for seminars and workshops to be held concurrently with the sports program. The aim is to cater for the information sharing requirements of coaches, athletes, sports administrators, officials and other support staff attending the Arafura Games. Members of the general public with an interest in sport are also invited to attend.