The 31st Australian Sikh Games 2018 were held at Bass Hill in Sydney during the Easter long weekend for 3 days from 30 march to 1 April.
The Bass hills stadiums was full of Punjabi colourful dresses and turbans worn by young and old Participants and Spectators making it look like a little Punjab in Sydney.
Mr Avtar Singh Sidhu, President of Sikh Games said that it was one the best games ever held in Australia with around 3000 athletes participating in 16 sports including kabaddi, soccer , hockey, netball, cricket, wrestling, tennis, basketball, badminton, golf, volleyball, athletics, tug of war, gatka, Sikh form , turban tying workshop and cultural events.
Free food called Langer Seva was organised by Mr Rupinder Singh, Batla Group while Mr Tajinderpal Singh who was uncharge of the kitchen said that Langar Seva was a unique service in Sikhism that made us different than others with the Grace of Waheguru.
Now the Australian Sikh Games are the premier sporting and cultural event for the Australian Sikh community. The Games are held every year in capital cities and major regional areas around Australia.
Athletes and spectators from all over the country and overseas, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Canada and the UK come to participate in a wide array of traditional Indian and Australian sports and related events.
The Australian Sikh Games are made possible through the help of community organisations from around Australia. These organisations are normally run by volunteers who want to actively contribute to their local Sikh community while also coaching or competing in their chosen sports .
The Australian National Sikh Sports and Cultural Council (ANSSACC) acts as an umbrella body of all partners organisations.
There were two junior scholarships available for $1,000 each and Two hardworking players, Parveen Gill from Perth Sikh Swans Netball team won the ANSACC scholarships.