Australian Invitational Youth Games to Hit the Hunter
7th July 2017
By Hunter Academy of Sport
Beginning on Saturday, 8th July, over 1000 elite junior athletes and over 3000 spectators will head to the Hunter region to compete across 5 sports in the annual Australian Invitational Youth Games.
The Australian Invitational Youth Games (AIYG), hosted by Hunter Academy of Sport and supported by NIB and Greater Bank, will see elite talent from regional academies, elite training squads and representative teams from across the country come together in a multi-day, multi-sport tournament.
Hunter Academy of Sport CEO Brett O’Farrell stated, “This is a sporting event where higher level squads and teams will compete in a meaningful competition against quality opposition.”
“Sometimes a rep squad can be chosen and may actually only play together once. This gives the squads and individuals more game time at the higher level. From a pure development point of view, it is fantastic to give these athletes quality competition against strong opposition.”
The AIYG will include elite competition in AWD Swimming, Greater Bank Netball Tournament, Softball, Speedway and Golf spanning across venues from Maitland Federation Centre to Stevenson Park, Mayfield.
The newest addition of Speedway Racing to this year’s AIYG schedule is a great opportunity for riders from NSW, QLD, VIC and SA to compete for the inaugural AIYG trophy. The event will also be held in conjunction with the 3rd round of the 2017 Kurri Kurri Speedway Club Championship and the 4th round of the 2017 LKI Winter Series for Junior 125cc speedway solos.
Greater Bank will again bringing the Netball tournament to Maitland Federation Centre, providing a high level of competition for local academy athletes and allowing Maitland and Hunter residents to witness quality netball. It is expected that the Greater Bank Netball Tournament will also boost the local economy with visiting athletes and their families spending time in the Maitland area.
The AIYG will run from Saturday 8th of July through to Sunday 16th of July.