All Cultures

Written by  Badminton Australia Saturday, 21 July 2012 14:25

As elite athletes continue to prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it’s important to remember achievements made closer to home at the community sport level.

This weekend the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) will be filming another engaging vidcast to highlight the work being done by the Southern Tasmania Badminton Association (STBA), which has attracted international students from the University of Tasmania and local residents of multicultural backgrounds to the sport of badminton.

On Friday, 20 July and Saturday, 21 July a vidcast will capture the South Hobart activities of the STBA in real time as part of the ASC’s All Cultures initiative. Featuring the STBA 2012 Invitational Tournament, the vidcast will profile the diverse range of participants that help make the program a success, such as participants, coaches, administrators, community facilitators and partner organisations.

Kathryn Duff, a Sport Participation Adviser with the ASC, will be onsite to witness the program and the filming of the resource.

“The work in the All Cultures area highlights the role that sport can play in having a positive impact on the lives of people from multicultural backgrounds. We see that it can be particularly important for people who are new arrivals to Australia, and the work that STBA are doing to connect with International Students is a great example of a sport connecting with their local community. There is a great opportunity for sports to engage people from multicultural backgrounds, and we are seeing some great examples of this within a range of sports all around Australia.” said Duff.

A driving factor behind the success of the South Hobart program has been the commitment and enthusiasm of the STBA’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Program Manager.

“I am excited to be involved with Southern Tasmania Badminton Association, and as a previous International Student at University of Tasmania, I bring an understanding of the CALD community to this role. I am excited to organise events and tournaments, create community connections and increase participation of people from CALD background in to our association”.

This weekend’s shoot will add to the ASC’s extensive collection of All Cultures videos, which effectively highlight a range of case studies that reinforce the ability of sport to bring a community of different cultures together. Another recent All Cultures initiative has been a webinar series which attracted over 200 participants that shared examples of the work they’ve been conducting in the multicultural sport space.

To follow the latest All Cultures vidcast and view ‘behind-the-scenes’ material, follow the shoot via @ausport Tweets and the #ASCallcultures hashtag.

To view other All Cultures videos please visit:

To view recordings of the All Cultures webinar series please visit:

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