International Children's Games on show in Lake Macquarie

HER days competing in the International Children's Games might be over, but athlete Isobel Warby is still soaking up the limelight.

The 15-year-old Whitebridge High School student is the star of a newly-unveiled photographic exhibition at Lake Macquarie City Council chambers.

The exhibition outlines the history of the International Children's Games and features a life-size photo of Isobel, taken at Blacksmiths Beach.

Isobel was part of Team Lake Macquarie, with whom she competed at the 2012 Games in Daegu, South Korea, and in 2013 in Windsor, Canada.

At the 2013 Games, Isobel took home gold in relay and silver in long jump.

Lake Macquarie first participated in the International Children's Games in 2008 in San Francisco, 40 years after it was founded in war-torn Slovenia.

It has become the largest multi-sport youth event in the world for children aged 12 to 15. In 2010, Lake Macquarie council won the bid to host the 2014 International Children's Games, which will be held from December 6 to 11.

Although Isobel is too old to compete this year, she said she was honoured to have participated for two years.

"I felt very proud to represent my city," Isobel said.

■ The International Children's Games exhibition is open for viewing at the council chambers, Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm. Starting early next month, all Lake Macquarie libraries will feature an element of the exhibition.

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