The Welcome Sports Festival earlier this year connected diverse families through community sport. Multicultural Australia teamed up with the Australian Government and their Welcome Sports Hub to give children and young adults an opportunity to try their hand at AFL, Netball, Football, Tennis and other sports in a fun and inclusive environment.

The weekend-long festival allowed Brisbane and Toowoomba locals to connect with sporting clubs and communities in their area, and experience sports activities, cultural food and music, as well as access to Queensland Government’s Fair Play Sport Vouchers for eligible families and young people.

The Festival launched the Connecting Through Sport program, a free four-week sports training program that introduces families to multi-sports within their local area and provide participants with an skill development avenue. “Sport is a fun way to stay healthy and active, but it also connects communities and provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to meet, create new friendships, build new skills, play and share experiences,” said Christine Castley, CEO of Multicultural Australia.

“We especially want to provide pathways for new Queenslanders to integrate into the community and unlock their potential. We want all Queenslanders to know that they are valued and that their contributions will help make our society stronger and more welcoming.”

Castley is a passionate advocate for equal access to justice and services for everyone regardless of their gender, beliefs or circumstances, and to doing everything possible to help the most disadvantaged people in our community, including refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, to live in safety and to go about their lives free from danger or harm. 

As CEO of Multicultural Australia, Castley’s priorities are to promote diversity and inclusion, build connected communities, change the conversation and create a welcoming Queensland where everyone can thrive and feel they belong.

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