Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, launched the Asia Sports Partnership (ASP) program at Kirribilli House on 6 April 2016. The launch was also attended by Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, and Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister the Hon Mangala Samaraweera.
Ministers mingled with children from Sri Lanka and Nepal who played netball, football and cricket together on the lawns of Kirribilli House against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Australian sport was represented by: Gurinder Sandhu - the first cricketer of Indian descent to represent Australia in international cricket; Mo’onia Gerard - former Australian Diamonds netballer and advocate for women’s sport in the Pacific; and Chloe Logarzo – Matildas football player who is making an impact in Australia’s campaigns in Asia.
The launch coincided with the United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace which celebrates the power that sport has to engage communities and transform lives.
The goal of the ASP is to foster partnerships between Australia and Asia that support gender equality, inclusion of people with disability and social cohesion.