Interstate Sports Meet to promote harmony in diaspora and inspire first generation Nepalese Australians


By Bharat Raj Poudel

The Nepalese diaspora in Australia is preparing for the much-anticipated Nepalese Interstate Sports Meet (NISM) 2016 to be held in Brisbane this March. Dubbed a mega sporting event of the Nepalese community in the country, this year’s NISM will be organised by the Nepalese Association of Queensland (NAQ) in association with Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRN).

12511978_10153821506876505_2127632753_nAn important sporting calendar of the diaspora, NISM aims to promote awareness about health and fitness as well as providing a platform for networking among members of the fastest growing community in Australia. The event has also become a common platform for organizations and individuals to interact and revitalize community engagement for the welfare of the Nepalese communities living in Australia and New Zealand.

Organisers say the event is likely to draw participants from New Zealand, just as during the first event. 

Organisers also claim that the programme stimulates social harmony and inspires the first generation Nepalese Australians to come together for the greater benefit of the community. 

To be organised during this year’s Easter long weekend from 25 to 27 March, NISM will see the participation of hundreds of Nepalese expatriates from across the country. It is also expected to attract members of the younger generation Nepalese Australians so that a number of objectives of both NRNA and the organising committee are fulfilled.  

It is noteworthy that the Nepalese Recreational Club (NRC) had hosted the first edition of the event in Sydney in 2013 while the second was organised by the Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) in 2014.

According to an email from Hari Khadka who is the coordinator of NISM, tennis, badminton, cricket, table tennis and golf will be the few attractions this year. Depending on the number of participants, the organising committee will also hold soccer, volleyball and 5-km marathon, he said.

The event will culminate in an award presentation gala dinner on 27 March at the Mary Mac Hall in the Brisbane suburb of Annerley.

NAQ says it cordially invites all Nepalese expatriates living in Queensland to make this event successful through both participation in the competitions as well as by working as volunteers.

Those willing to participate in the event can contact the following office-bearers:

QLD Hari Khadka  0421 450 811  Abhimanyu KC  0434 956 597

NSW Jabin Shrestha  0422 389 215  Bishnu Hamal 0412 550 725

TBA  VIC Jog Limbu 0433 725 749  Madhu Pokharel   0422 220 512

ACT Dr Durga Kandel  0430 273 143

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