Tackling Global Poverty with the Olympic Spirit

The Olympic spirit is about building a peaceful and better world with mutual understanding, a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The most important part of the Olympic Games is not necessarily to win, but to do one’s best while taking part.

Billions of people around the world, through no fault of their own, struggle just to take part in life. Every day is a test of wills, a test of survival with limited access to water, healthcare and education. What if sport was a way in which we could turn this around?

Sport is a major part of the lives of many Australians. It brings people together to work towards common goals and is a universal language that can help bridge divides and promote the core values necessary for lasting change. On the sporting field, everyone is equal. And through sport, children and adolescents learn to exercise judgement, think critically while finding solutions to problems, and to develop a winning spirit. Sport unites and fans the flames of a community, and it’s in this spirit that people, working together, can really start to make a difference.

But is the thought of sport instigating meaningful social change completely absurd? Can we really use sport to help those in need? And if women and men’s sport are unequally resourced in the developed world, how can the benefits of sport be accessed by both genders? In the spirit of the Olympics, can sport lift billions out of poverty and help to change the world for the better?



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  • Venue The Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University,
  • Date & time 17/07/2012 6:00:00 PM


Tackling Global Poverty with the Olympic Spirit Brisbane
Bernt Aasen on local ownership and leadership
Bernt Aasen on the lasting benefit of inclusion
Cyrille Ndongo-Keller on the benefits of sport in developing countries
Jackie Lauff on community ownership of choosing a sport
Jackie Lauff on sports and development organisations
Kylie Bates on advanced sports development program design
Kylie Bates on sports and development organisations