I HAVE just returned from Windsor, Canada, where Team Lake Macquarie has experienced tremendous success in the 2013 International Children's Games.
Being a part of the 2013 Windsor International Children's Games meant I was able to witness some of the achievements our young athletes made on an international level.
Our team of 15 Lake Macquarie athletes were given a wonderful opportunity to compete against other young people from all over the world, winning a number of medals in their respective fields.
It was our best result yet with nine athletes receiving medals.
We took out the gold medal in the girls' high jump and 4x100-metre relay; silver in the boys' gymnastics and high jump, and girls' long jump; and bronze in the girls' high jump.
Taking part in the International Children's Games isn't just about the competition but is about children from different cultural backgrounds coming together to enjoy the experience and learn from one another.
I also had the honour of being presented with the International Children's Games flag at the closing ceremony in front of 6000 supporters to bring home in anticipation of the 2014 Games in Lake Macquarie.
The 2014 Games will be held from December 6 to 11 and I am very much looking forward to bringing the event to our shores next year so the world can experience all that Lake Macquarie has to offer.