ASEAN Games comes to Melbourne

ASEAN Games Australia (AGA) is the biggest sporting event for the South East Asian community in Australia, and it’s happening on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Now in its sixth year, AGA strive to advocate a healthy, active lifestyle and foster a stronger bond amongst the ASEAN community. This year, the games will feature a list of sports and e-sports including, but not limited to, Badminton, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Netball, Futsal, Ultimate Frisbee, Dota 2, Counter-Strike:GO, League of Legends, and FIFA.

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Mark Lao played badminton at the 2015 AGA after hearing about it from the local Malaysian community.

“It was a great experience to have fun with my friends and to meet fellow badminton players. AGA gave us an opportunity to play badminton at a competitive yet friendly setting, which you normally don’t get the chance to do.”

Mark enjoyed the games so much that he signed up to be a badminton director for ASEAN Games Australia 2016. He hopes to promote the sport around the ASEAN community.

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Li Xin Ng got involved in 2015 playing volleyball. When her friends were looking for enough players to form a team, Li Xin thought it would be a perfect opportunity to become more physically active.

“I left the competition gaining more than I expected in terms of an improvement in skills and techniques, and even new a friendship with our opponents. We still keep in touch and meet up regularly for volleyball games up till this day!”

ASEAN Games Australia is organised by MSports, the athletic arm of Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia, Victoria Chapter (MASCA Victoria), in collaboration with other ASEAN-based student peak representative bodies.

If you would like to get involved, register a team or just attend to watch on the day. You can find out more at the ASEAN Games Australia website.

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