Commemorative trophy, Connolly Games

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Glass trophy with bevelled edge, supported either side by two glass rectangular bases with brass support brackets.

Engraved inscription "THE JAMES BRENNAN CONNOLLY GAMES 2004/ USA'S FIRST GOLD MEDALLIST/ ATHENS 1896 OLYMPICS/ Casey, Australia & Springfield, Ohio/ weaving friendship, peace, and understanding/ into the world we share/ Sister Cities Since 1985"

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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engraved glass, metal
23.0 x 34.5 x 6.5 cm
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Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
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Part of 2 highlight sets