International Children's Games 2023



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Applications for the 2023 Team have now closed - stay tuned for the announcement! 



What are the International Children’s Games (ICG)?

The International Children’s Games were founded in 1968 in Celje, Slovenia to ‘enable, develop, and advance the meeting, understanding and friendship of students from different countries and promote the Olympic ideal’. The Games brings together an alliance of cities and individuals from around the globe who have a common goal of forming friendships and peace through sport. Lake Macquarie was the first City in the southern hemisphere to host the games, winning the bid in 2010 to host the 48th Summer International Children’s Games in December 2014, which was an exciting opportunity for our region and state and an abundance of success for the City.


The 55th International Children's Games will be held over five days from the 5th - 10th July, 2023 in Daegu, South Korea. Lake Macquarie City Council in partnership with the Hunter Academy of Sport will be sending Team Lake Macquarie to the Games. As part of the 2023 Games Team Lake Macquarie selection, we are calling for expression of interest from athletes and coaches in the following sports:

  • Athletics (Track and Field)
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball


ICG provides a unique opportunity for young local athletes to compete in international competition, make new friends and through a shared love of sport, develop an understanding and respect for people from other cultures.






2020 Team Lake Macquarie in Ufa, Russia.

Conditions of Entry:

  • All athletes must be 12 through 15 years old to participate in the Games. Athletes must be 12 years old by the 1st of January 2023 and must still be 15 years old on 31st December 2023
  • Entry is restricted to those athletes who reside in the Lake Macquarie LGA, or athletes who attend school in that LGA
  • Athletes must be of a member of a local club and be competing regularly in their sport
  • Athletes must be able to show evidence of achievement of a notable personal best performance
  • Where more athletes have applied than positions available in the team, the age of the athlete and future ICG opportunity will be taken into consideration as well as recorded performance
  • Selection is at full discretion of the Lake Macquarie City Council ICG committee
  • The decision over selection made by the ICG committee will be final and there will be no process for appeal


We are seeking experienced coaches to volunteer for the role of Head Coach Team Lake Macquarie in each of the above sports. You will be involved in the recruitment and team selection and supervision of the athletes for the duration of the Games, which will include staying onsite at the athlete’s village. You will also be required to attend team meetings and liaise with the ICG 2023 Technical Committee.


What are the Costs to Attend?

  • A group price will be provided based on athlete numbers - this will include return flights, accomodation, Games entry and all meals.