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Supporting sporting excellence in the Pacific

PacificAus Sports is creating new opportunities for athletes, coaches and administrators to train, play and grow together. Through collaborative and ambitious partnerships, the program will drive success for the Pacific sports community, unlocking the potential of a new generation of sporting champions.

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PNG Orchids, 2019 Pacific Invitational Test / Credit: NRL Photos

Shared history, shared heroes

Australia and the Pacific have a deep and long-standing relationship. Geography made us neighbours, but it is sport that brings our people together. We have watched and cheered our shared sporting heroes, celebrated each other’s success and commiserated our losses together. Our hearts beat as one, drawing strength from our sporting memories, competition, and rivalry.

Opportunity, investment and access

Across netball, rugby league, rugby union and football, PacificAus Sports is making it possible for Pacific and Australian athletes to train and play together at the highest level. Pacific teams will have increased access to Australian competitions, talented young Pacific athletes will have more access to high-performance coaching, and players from across our region will have more exposure to international training and match experience.
 
The program is also investing in the development of sports professionals across the region, supporting access to best-practice education and training for coaches, administrators and support staff.

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(L-R) Mark Falvo (COO, Football Australia), Rae Dower (Junior Matildas Head Coach), The Hon. Marise Payne (Foreign Minister of Australia), Kieran Lilley (International Programs Manager, Football Australia) / Credit: DFAT
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Football Australia Westfield Junior Matildas 2019 Pacific Tour / Credit: Joseph Mayers

Championing our women and girls

Providing opportunities for Pacific women and girls to take their place as champions in our regional sports community is a priority for PacificAus Sports
 
We have already seen many Pacific women and girls succeed in sport both at home and in international competition. PacificAus Sports will build on those successes by increasing regular access to world-class coaching and mentoring, and exposing them to even more elite-level competition. 
 
The program will also develop female sports coaches, administrators and support staff across the region. With Pacific and Australian sports organisations working together, we will establish the Pacific as the global home of women’s sporting excellence, on and off the field.

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