Promotional drawing, James B Connolly Games

Debra Wilburn
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Reproduction of a Texta drawing. The image includes a range of Australian and American animals playing sport, the entrance to Finders Street Station, Melbourne, and a drawing of Australia and the state of Ohio with a large arching yellow arrow from the South-East corner of Australia to the centre of Ohio. Text in the upper left corner reads "Australia to Ohio/ James B. Connolly Games/ July 2008/ "The Aussies/ are coming!"” The original is signed and dated by the artist in the lower centre. It is framed with blue, red and white mat boards.

The Connolly Games, held in Springfield, Ohio and the Edwin Flack Games, held in Casey, were reciprocal sporting and cultural exchange programs with Casey’s sister city, Springfield, Ohio USA. The exchange first began in 2000 when a contingent from Springfield, Ohio visited the City of Casey to participate in the inaugural Edwin Flack Games. These Games also saw contingents from Casey’s UK sister city, Berwick-up-Tweed, and Greek sister city, Ioannina. Since then, a further three exchanges between the Casey and Springfield have given participants the opportunity to be closely involved with their sister city community. Competitors were young non-professional athletes aged 16 to 18 years however these exchanges involved all age groups in roles such as officials, coaches and support personnel.

In 2004 Casey sent a contingent of 89 over to Springfield to participate in the 2004 Connolly Games. Six sports were contested being athletics, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf and tennis. In 2008, an 18 day exchange to Springfield saw 34 young Casey athletes and support personnel travelled to the USA to participate in the second Connolly Games in basketball and soccer.
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Debra Wilburn: Artist
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reproduction print of colour marker drawing
19.2 x 29.8 cm (image), 35.0 x 45.5 x 2.0 cm (frame)
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Signed and dated in lower centre of original drawing in black marker "Debra Wilburn 2007". Inscribed in pencil on reverse of frame "Joe 536/01 CF".
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Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
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