Forty-seven countries will be represented by 1,000 elite athletes with an intellectual impairment heading to Brisbane, QLD, for the 2019 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) Global Games (GG2019) in just 10 days’ time (12-19 October).
The Games will feature 10 sports and 200 medal events contested over seven days of competition, with athletes hailing from as far as Iceland, Israel, Hungary, Colombia, Finland and Estonia.
The event is the largest multicultural, multi-sport, international event to ever be staged in the Sunshine State following the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Chief Executive Officer Robyn Smith said she was absolutely delighted with the attendance, adding that this Global Games was the largest ever held in the event’s 16-year history.
“Australia is fielding the largest team with 150 athletes competing, whilst France will have a team of 83 athletes, Japan has 57 athletes heading to Brisbane, Russia are sending a team of 51 athletes and the Czech Republic team will comprise 16 of their best INAS athletes,” Smith said.
“This is a truly international event, with elite athletes with an intellectual impairment going for gold and the glory of champion status in their particular categories and sports.
“The international teams will start arriving from Thursday, 3 October for early training sessions and familiarisation with the city and the venues.
“It is fierce but friendly competition, but make no mistake, these athletes are exceptional and well worth coming to watch. Many athletes have made their international debut with the Global Games and gone on to win Paralympic titles.
“GG2019 is an important lead-up event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, with swimming, athletics and table tennis featuring qualifying events for eligible athletes.”
GG2019 tickets are now on sale at family-friendly prices set at $10 per sport, per day, with free entry for children under the age six.
Click here for ticketing information and further details on sports and venues.