School games coming to Adelaide

Pacific School Games

Thousands of primary and secondary school students and their parents will converge on Adelaide next year for the 2015 Pacific School Games.

The10-day event, which is open to able and disabled students from 10 to 19 years of age, is expected to involve at least 4,500 students with a predicted direct economic impact of $13.6 million.

The Games will be held from 21-29 November 2015, and will feature swimming, diving, softball, baseball, soccer, touch football, table tennis and basketball.

Students will be competing in facilities such as the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre and the sport and recreation precinct at Adelaide Shores, which will boast two new international-level baseball and softball diamonds.

The Pacific School Games began in Brisbane in 1982 as a lead-in to the Commonwealth Games. The first event involved about 2,200 participants, with the latest event in Canberra attracting more than 4,800 students and more than 3,000 accompanying visitors. Teams from all Australian states and territories and up to 30 visiting nations have participated in past Pacific School Games.

Events South Australia's successful bid for the Pacific School Games follows its work to secure events including the 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships, the 2015 Australian Masters Games, the 2015 AFL Masters National Carnival, and the 2016 Club Crew World Championships for dragon boating.