This year’s 4th Oceania Panhellenic Games contributed in boosting national pride, in a period when Hellenism is sensing the economic crisis in our homeland and beyond.
Youths of Greek origin participated, from September 29th to the 2nd of October 2011, in Oceania Panhellenic Games 2011, an established event launched by SAE Oceania Region, proven to be a major success and a link connecting our youth in Oceania.
The Games in Darwin were organized by the Local Greek Orthodox Community of Northern Australia, in collaboration with other Greek organizations of the city and the undivided support of the state government and business world, with a special contribution on behalf of the Greek tycoon of the city and President of Kalymnos Fraternity, Mr. Yannis Halikos.
Over 400 athletes from Australia gathered in Darwin and in the spirit of Olympic sportsmanship, offered a Greek essence to the four – day Games held in the beautiful city of the North.
In the presence of officials from Darwin and not only, the athletes competed with ethos and passion, and were honored accordingly, in the games serving as an opportunity for new friendships between athletes and fostering the creation of new cores for the Hellenism of Oceania in the future.
On behalf of SAE Oceania Region, Coordinator Mr. George Angelopoulos, thanked the Athletes and coaches, the President of the Steering Committee and Greek Orthodox Community Chairman, Mr. Giannis Nikolakis, members of the local Community, Event Organizer Mr. Nikos Poniris, members of the Central Steering Committee, State Organizing Committees, members of SAE Oceania, Paul Henderson’s state government, Panhellenic Games sponsors in Australia, Greek media, all those who supported the Games, volunteers and the broad audience who attended the events, while he also underlined the significance of the games for Hellenism in the Australian democratic environment.
In the closing ceremony of the 4th Oceania Panhellenic Games in Darwin, Mr. Angelopoulos announced that the 5th Oceania Panhellenic Games in 2013 will be held in Canberra, under the organizational supervision of the Greek Community of Canberra, with the participation and support of the Local Greek Club, while Mr. Yannis Halikos, President of Kalymnos Fraternity in Darwin, once again proceeded to support the 5th Oceania Panhellenic Games, offering a 100.000 dollar financial contribution.
The following Panhellenic Games in Camberra, in 2013, which will coincide with the centenary celebrations of the Australian capital, are expected to be greater in terms of participations from our youth, and with the greater support of the Greek community, this major athletic event will elevate us higher in every respect.
Congratulations to the Greek Community of Northern Australia and all those who contributed to the success of the 4th Panhellenic Games, and we wish every success to the Greek Orthodox Community of Canberra, which assumed responsibility for the organization of the 5th Panhellenic Games in Oceania in 2013.
SAE Oceania and Far East
Photo (left to right): George Angelopoulos, SAE Oceania Coordinator, Yannis Halikos, Businessman – Mytilenean Fraternity Chairman, Paul Henderson, Northern Territory Prime Minister, Yannis Nikolakis, President of Northern Territory Greek Community, Yannis Anihtomatis, Honorary Consul General in Darwin