Event, News, Organisation, Industry

Victorian Sport Unites for Iftar Dinner


5 July, 2016

Sport has the rare capacity to be able to bring people together for a common interest, regardless of age, gender, race, or religion.  You do not have to be able to speak a certain language to be able to play, watch and appreciate sport in all its glory.  

Vicsport, in conjunction with the Australian Intercultural Society, hosted the inaugural Victorian Sport Community Iftar Dinner on Monday 4 July, bringing together Muslim community leaders, and a broad spectrum of disciplines in one room to experience this tradition.

‘Iftar’ is the evening meal whereby Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

This event focused on seeking understanding, respect and acceptance of others as key contributors to social harmony, and the important role that sport plays in Victorian communities.

The Dinner was emceed by Angela Pippos, and included a sports panel featuring Australian Cricketer Fawad Ahmed and AFL Player Ahmed Saad.  The Panel also featured Australian Paralympian Maddy Hogan who discussed her preparations and hopes for the Games in Rio.  Each panel member shared their experiences of sport, and how organisations can create more inclusive environments.  A common theme from the panel was how sport brought people together regardless of language, ethnicity, or gender.

The evening was an amazing opportunity to learn from one another, and come together and understand the role sport can play in breaking down barriers.  The dinner concluded with several leading members of the sporting and Muslim communities saying a few words on what they had learnt and what they will take away from the evening.

"It is wonderful that the Victorian sports community has embraced this opportunity to share a meal with leaders of the Victorian Muslim community.  The Dinner aims to increase the understanding of the Muslim community within sport and it is fantastic that Victoria’s sport leaders are keen to be involved,” said the Australian Intercultural Society Executive Director, Ahmet Keskin.

"Sport in Victoria has the unique ability to unite, educate and support the entire community.  The Victorian Sport Iftar Dinner is symbolic of the many initiatives Victorian sporting organisations are implementing to provide welcoming, healthy and inclusive environments to encourage more Victorians and Victorian communities to enjoy the enormous benefits that sport can provide,” said Vicsport CEO, Mark McAllion.

The AFL and Cricket Australia are major supporters of the event and have been involved on the organising committee with Vicsport and the Australian Intercultural Society.

A number of Victoria’s major sporting organisations and supporters of sport were also in attendance to support the event;

  • AFL Victoria
  • Basketball Victoria
  • Bowls Victoria
  • Bushwalking Victoria
  • Calisthenics Victoria
  • Cricket Australia
  • Cycling Victoria
  • Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria
  •  Football Federation Victoria
  • Golf Victoria
  • Gymnastics Victoria
  • Hockey Australia
  • Hockey Victoria
  • Lacrosse Victoria
  • Softball Victoria
  • Sport and Recreation Victoria
  •  Squash & Racquetball Victoria
  • Swimming Victoria
  • Tennis Victoria
  • Touch Football Australia
  • VicHealth
  • Vicsport
  • Victorian Olympic Council
  • Victorian Institute of Sport

The Dinner was held at the Islamic Museum of Australia (Thornbury) and included a tour of the museum where attendees received an introduction into Muslim culture and history here in Australia.


Gallery:


You may also be interested in...

Organisation

END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS – WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER?

As business owners and those responsible for the end of year celebrations, which often include an employee Christmas function, it’s important to consider your responsibilities when hosting work‑related events

Read more...

Sportsview, News, Industry

One Month at a Time - December

In this edition of Sportsview, Acting CEO Meghan Mayman, reiterates Vicsport's commitment to helping sports conform to the new Child Safe Standards coming into effect as on 1 January, 2017. We have also been given the gift of data this Christmas with 2 major data sets being released this month with both the AusPlay Survey and the Sport and Recreation Spatial Results out.

Read more...

Industry, Governance, Local Government, Sportsview

Women & Girls Strategy launched in Ballarat

Earlier this year, City of Ballarat launched their Women and Girls’ Strategy aimed at increasing female participation in sport and physical activity.

Read more...


Government Partners

Preferred Suppliers