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    Sport for development programs across the Pacific celebrated the power of sport to change society by running mass activities leading into IDSDP.

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  • Vanuatu volleyball program wins global women’s sport award

    A Vanuatu-based beach volleyball program supported by the Australian Government through the Pacific Sports Partnerships has won a global award.

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  • WINS celebrates International Women's Day

    Prarthana took part in the Women in News and Sport (WINS) Program, funded by the Australian aid program.

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  • PNG women’s sport stories receive global acclaim

    A documentary about PNG’s first national women’s rugby league team, the Orchids, is receiving international recognition.

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Links through sport

Sports diplomacy

Sports diplomacy is an increasingly important aspect of diplomatic practice. Sport exposes people to Australian culture and provides an opportunity to establish links with professionals and peers.

It comes in many forms: from diplomatic and guests of government attending major sporting events, supporting individual exchanges and sports for development projects.

Through sports diplomacy the Australian Government will:

  • build institutional and people-to-people linkages
  • promote our reputation for excellence in performance and training, sports governance and domestic participation
  • support sport for development initiatives
  • showcase our major events capabilities.
wide lens photo of the ANZ stadium at night
The 2015 AFC Final between Australia and Korean in ANZ Stadium
Caitlin Bassett shooting a goal
Australian Netball Diamond, Caitlin Bassett, shoots for goal against New Zealand at the 2015 Netball World Cup.
Last Updated: 11 May 2018