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Welcome to the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames in the tropical city of Darwin - A foreword by Chair Oliver (Olli) Berst
'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind'.A poem by Dr SeussG'day,a very warm welcome from the executive board and committee of Darwin 2014 Inc, the organisers of the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames.With Darwin being the host city for the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames in 2014 I feel confident that our community; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and ... Straight, supports and welcomes all Outgames participants, delegates and visitors to our wonderful tropical City of Darwin.Darwin's LGBTI community is fortunate enough to have its annual Darwin Pride Festival, its second Queens of the Galaxy on 1 December 2013 and our weekend destination at Throb Nightclub, the place where 'you are free to be'. Our LGBTI community in the Northern Territory is professionally supported by the Northern Territory Aids and Hepatitis Council (ntahc) and Clinic 34.I believe the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames in Darwin will be a wonderful opportunity and experience for both -its guests and hosts.The Darwin Outgames motto is 'Strength Through Togetherness'.After two successful Asia Pacific Outgames in Melbourne (2008) and Wellington (2011), at which I both particpated in Badminton, I wish from now to the end of the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames that we all stand hand in hand to make this event successful and will cherish beautiful memories that will be kept in all our hearts forever.I encourage you all to embrace the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames, welcome our culture, participate in our events, and attend our conferences, so that Darwin 2014 will be another memorable event.Thank you all for your support - please go forth as ambassadors of of the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames and let's unite our community this wonderful event.Thank you, Oliver (Olli) BerstChair Darwin 2014 Inc (Darwin Outgames)
Traditional Owners Acknowledgement
We, the members of Darwin 2014 Inc, acknowledge that we are meeting on Larrakia country. We pay our respects to the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures, and to the elders both past and present.
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