The closing date for nominations for the 2005 Arafura Games, being held in Darwin from May 14-21 is fast approaching. The Arafura Games is a leading international sporting competition for the developing athletes of the Asia-Pacific region. Held every two years in Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, the Games are a meeting of “Sporting Neighbours” and attract competitors from around Australia as well as nations throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The Arafura Games began in 1991 as the Arafura Sports Festival with seven countries sending just 1500 participants to compete in 13 sports. By the time the sixth Games were held in 2001, participation had soared to more than 3100 athletes representing 25 nations, and competing in 29 sports. “Countries can once again look forward to the friendly and competitive nature of the Arafura Games, the Territory’s superb sporting venues and the warmth of the welcome you will receive from Territorians,” said John Ah Kit, Minister for Sport and Recreation, in his Minister’s Message. For all of this info and more, check out www.arafuragames.nt.gov.au This is a great opportunity for local and regional Touch sides to get involved and play against some international competition. For more information on the Touch Football please contact Isobel Appo, firstname.lastname@example.org In other Northern Territory news, keep your eye on the ATA website for the results of their Championships, being held from April 29-May 1 and Darwin will also be hosting the National Secondary School and Primary School Championships from September 18-23.