Sporting chance beckons

This event is not only for the young at age, it's for the young at heart.

TAKE IT ON: There will be a rock climbing wall giving participants the opportunity to try one of the new sports that will be featured in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

TAKE IT ON: There will be a rock climbing wall giving participants the opportunity to try one of the new sports that will be featured in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY: Sporting organisations across the Hunter have opened their doors to new participants, giving kids the opportunity to try something new.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY: Sporting organisations across the Hunter have opened their doors to new participants, giving kids the opportunity to try something new.

The Hunter Academy of Sport will host the annual SportsFest event, a free family fun day at Lake Macquarie's Speers Point Park, on Sunday, October 13 from 10am-2pm.

The Hunter Academy of Sport's core objective is to identify, educate, develop and provide opportunity to the region's most promising athletes, but each year they like to motivate the local community to get active and take up a sport.

This event stems from the original Festival of Sport, which the Hunter Academy of Sport, alongside major sponsors Lake Macquarie City Council and Greater Bank, hold each year.

For the past 25-plus years, sporting organisations across the Hunter have opened their doors to new participants, giving kids the opportunity to try something new.

Athletics LANSW/ANSW, AFL NSW/ACT, Ten Pin Bowling NSW, Netball NSW, Cricket NSW and many more will be on hand this Sunday to give kids a try through various drills, skill development, inflatable batting cages and hitting bays.

There will also be a rock climbing wall available on the day giving participants the opportunity to try one of the new sports that will be featured in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

GWS Giants and recent Australian Diamonds Development Squad Netballer Sam Poolman will be in attendance, running through a drills session from 10am-11:30am.

"This event is not only for the young at age, it's for the young at heart," Brett O'Farrell, CEO of the Hunter Academy of Sport, said.

"I want dads, mums, brothers and sisters to come along, and enjoy themselves.

"Try a sport or activity you have never done before.

"You can jump, run, throw, and have all your efforts recorded. We have the support of the state sporting organizations and local associations which is a massive drawcard for this event."

A full schedule of events will be listed on the Hunter Academy website and Facebook as the event date draws.

So what are you waiting for?

Brush off those dusty gloves, throw on your joggers, grab the family and come down to Speers Point Park on October 13 for a festival unlike any you've seen.

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