Australian Lithuanians Compete in World Lithuanian Games in Vilnius
The Australian Lithuanian team. Photo courtesy Mūsų Pastogė
The planting of commemorative oak tree. Australias
representative Antanas Laukaitis is second from left.
Photo courtesy Lietuvos Rytas
The III World Games were held in Adelaide, Australia, in 1988 and these were the first Games for which a contingent of sportsmen from Lithuania managed to break through the iron curtain and came to Adelaide to compete. The first World Lithuanian Games to be held in Lithuania took place in 1991, after Lithuania declared its independence in 1990. All subsequent Games have been held in Lithuania.
The most successful result achieved by the Australian Lithuanian contingent was the spectacular win by the 17 year old golfer Andrius Belkus. He became the absolute champion in both the general and youth categories. With his 69 strokes win in one game he achieved Lithuanias golfing record.
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