Sports Without Borders (SWB) congratulates Senator Kate Lundy on her appointment as Minister for Sport and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Innovation.
Chairman of Sports Without Borders, James Demetriou said: “This is great news. Kate Lundy has been a great champion of increasing the participation of disadvantaged communities in sport and physical activities, particularly the members of newly arrived communities. Mark Arbib did a tremendous job as Sports Minister and now Kate Lundy following on from her role as Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs is a terrific choice.”
In 2011 Senator Lundy supported the inaugural National Community Sports Conference that was promoted by SWB, the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Our Community. Following the conference Senator Lundy formed the Joint Sports and Settlement Services Roundtable on social inclusion at Parliament House, Canberra that was attended by stakeholders from throughout the multicultural community.
Mr Demetriou said: “Senator Lundy was the driving force in the establishment of Multicultural Youth Sports (MYS) program and the provision of activity grants which have been an overwhelming success. For many young people from refugee and humanitarian backgrounds sport is the only way through which they link with the wider community. The MYS program uses sport to address the fundamental issues of social exclusion, isolation, displacement and dislocation,” he said.
The sector needs someone of Senator Lundy’s commitment and energy to assist the youth of newly arrived communities to be given the opportunities to participate in sport as part of a wider social inclusion.
Sports Without Borders looks forward to working with Senator Lundy in the future and we wish her every success in her new role.
Please feel free to contact James Demetriou Ph. 0402 059 238 Email firstname.lastname@example.org