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Supporting young leaders to pass it back

Supporting young leaders to pass it back

IDSDP 2015 marked the official partnership launch of Pass It Back, using rugby to equip young people in Asia to overcome challenges and inspire positive social change in their communities.

Just like our friends across the Lao PDR, Australians love our sport, one major reason for this is that sport is a great ‘leveller’—a platform for egalitarianism,” began Australian Ambassador John Williams in welcoming guests to the ‘Pass It Back’ Partnership Launch.

On 6 April 2015 the Pass It Back Partnership Launch kicked off in Vientiane, Lao PDR, marking the beginning of the joint Sport for Development initiative. The launch was hosted by the Australian Embassy, and featured notable speeches from the Australian Ambassador, and representatives from ChildFund Australia, Women Win, the Asian Rugby Football Union, ChildFund Vietnam, and the Lao Rugby Federation (LRF).

Following the speeches, LRF coaches offered a taste of rugby by leading various Try Rugby activities with local schoolchildren and guests. The event concluded with a showing of a documentary about the Lao National Women’s Rugby Team’s journey to the 2014 Asian Games in Korea.

Additionally, the LRF hosted its second annual IDSDP Rugby Competition in Nonghet. Eighteen U16 teams, of which half were female, joined the Get Into Rugby competition from nine villages and consisting of three different ethnic groups. The central message throughout the day shared the sentiment of ‘Rugby for All’ for the existing players and new observers.

"It was a great day of rugby and it is great to see so many young people having fun and learning through the new sport," commented Mr. Thong Piew of the Provincial Ministry of Education and Sport.


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Aleta Phelps


Monday, April 27, 2015 - 23:00