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Big plans for Queensland carnival

Posted: 16-Nov-2011 by Maccabi NSW

The 30th Maccabi Australia Junior Sports Carnival will this year offer participants a unique, tropical Queensland holiday experience. After last year’s knockout Victorian Carnival, organisers are planning for an onslaught of young holiday makers, craving some athletic fun-in-the-sun, and they’ve got all the bases covered.

This year, all activities will be geographically based around one school location, offering the convenience of both indoor and out-door facilities. Organiser Paul Myers has worked tirelessly to ensure that “there isn’t simply a wet-weatherplan. All activities have been planned to accommodate all sorts of weather.” This includes indoor sporting activities, and a shady lunch-time chill-out zone, complete with music. An increased focus on all-inclusive sports events, such as dodge-ball, bare-foot bowls and beach volley-ball, will ensure that even the least athletic participants will enjoy themselves as much as those hoping for a more competitive experience. In the evening, participants can expect activities with a uniquely Queensland vibe, including a Hawaiian beach party, a performance by Triple J favourites Millions, and perhaps the program’s highlight, a late afternoon trip to the Wet & Wild theme park, complete with an in-pool film screening. This year will also see the return of the hugely popular fluoro foam party and Maccabi Idol.

While some families may choose to accompany their participating children (and soak-up a little Queensland sunshine themselves), organisers are keen to communicate that it is still very much a home-billet-based carnival. Some 200 billet placements have been committed to accommodate interstate participants and the Brisbane and Gold Coast Jewish communities have rushed to offer up their homes. All billets will be placed in pairs, and host families will be responsible for transport to and from a central base, with charter buses organised to ferry participants to activities throughout the day. For participants based in the Gold Coast, organisers have ensured maximum comfort and convenience; in addition to the chartered bus transport, participants will be offered meals, and an opportunity to shower before the evening activity, to save them returning to the Gold Coast in between. The Gold Coast Jewish community is also offering an open Shabbaton to all participants and families staying there.

For the Queensland Jewish community, hosting the Maccabi calendar’s highlight event is an opportunity not only to promote its facilities, including the state’s only Jewish day-school, Sinai College. Myers feels that a planning group comprised of members from a range of religious denominations and organisations has resulted in a carnival program that expresses the incredible strength and diversity of this small community. “It’s been really exciting that everybody is pulling together to create the kind of unique experience you can only have in Queensland. It’s also a huge opportunity for young people in the Jewish community here to meet with hundreds of other young Jews from around Australia and New Zealand, and make life-long friends”. While some potential participants may be concerned about any remaining damage from last year’s flooding, Myers assures that “In Brisbane it’s back to normal. The flood didn’t affect most of Brisbane, and certainly not the areas where billeted homes are.”

Some young participants already have their bags packed. Aria Klein, 13, of North Caulfield is one of them.

By Sibella Stern

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