Let the Harmony games begin!
Friday, 15 March 2013
Australia's sports stars will be wearing orange in the coming week, as sporting codes stage special matches across the country to celebrate Harmony Day which takes place on March 21.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, said the Harmony games are a great opportunity for codes to showcase their commitment to diversity and inclusion to their fans and the community.
'Sport is a powerful unifier and can cross cultural boundaries, break down social barriers and bring together people from diverse backgrounds,' Senator Lundy said.
As part of the celebrations Netball Australia is staging Harmony games during the first round of the ANZ Championships in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. For soccer fans, Football Federation Australia will mark Harmony Day during rounds 25 and 26 of the Hyundai A-league in Melbourne, Gosford and Brisbane.
Basketball Australia's Sydney Kings v Townsville Crocodiles game on Friday March 22 will be broadcast live around the country, with commentators Andrew Gaze and Steve Carfino showing support for Harmony Day by wearing orange ties.
The National Rugby League is also joining in Harmony Day celebrations, with premiers Melbourne Storm taking on the Canterbury Bulldogs on March 21.
'To get into the spirit, all spectators are being encouraged to wear orange, the official colour of Harmony Day, to show their support for Australia’s rich cultural diversity,' Senator Lundy added.
For more information about Harmony Day visit the website.
See: Harmony Day
Last update: Friday, 15 March 2013 at 11:24 AEST