L-R: Teachers Andy Hair (Leopold PS) and Aaron Gardiner (Armstrong Creek School), Mayor Bruce Harwood, Victorian Teachers' Games manager Peter Van Pinxteren.
L-R: Teachers Andy Hair (Leopold PS) and Aaron Gardiner (Armstrong Creek School), Mayor Bruce Harwood, Victorian Teachers' Games manager Peter Van Pinxteren.

Victorian Teachers' Games returns to Geelong

Saturday, 5 January 2019

The City of Greater Geelong has won the right to host the Victorian Teachers’ Games for the next two years, in a homecoming to the event’s original location.

Up to 3000 teachers from around the state will descend on the Geelong region for the 24th edition of the games from 22 to 25 September 2019, participating in a mecca of more than 40 sporting and social activities.

The multi-sport event will then return for a special 25th anniversary edition in 2020.

Greater Geelong’s waterfront, beaches and world class sporting facilities are expected to provide a perfect setting for the games, with organisers planning to tailor events to make the most of the seaside location.

Up to 25 per cent of the program will be changed from 2018, giving teachers a wide range of new activities to choose from.

Geelong staged the very first Victorian Teachers’ Games in 1996. That inaugural event featured around 1000 competitors, including legendary Australian distance runner Steve Moneghetti and champion Geelong footballer Garry Hocking. The city last played host in 2007.

Event organisers are encouraging VTG participants to visit the official event website to stay up-to-date with the latest information. Registrations will open in June.

Mayor Bruce Harwood:

We’re very pleased to be welcoming the Victorian Teachers’ Games home to Geelong, where the concept was born in 1996.

With around 3000 teachers taking part, this is a major event, and will build on Geelong’s proud reputation as an excellent host destination. I have no doubt participants will enjoy our region’s high standard sporting facilities, and the recreational and social aspects on offer as well.

It’ll be a fantastic week of competition and celebration, and we look forward to the arrival of teachers from all around the state.

Rayoni Nelson, CEO, School Sport Victoria:

School Sport Victoria is thrilled to see the games return to their foundations in Geelong.

‘VTG24’ will offer Victorian school teachers the unique opportunity to network with colleagues, celebrate their achievements and take part in sporting activities to build team camaraderie within their school teams.



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