The Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community’s biggest senior football and netball carnival is returning to Ballarat.
The annual three-day Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited event at Mars Stadium is expected to attract more than the 6000 visitors which attended in Ballarat last year.
A record 53 netball plus 17 football teams will compete.
The carnival will kick off with an opening ceremony on Friday at 6pm, followed by a female football match.
This will be lead into two days of competition, including finals on Sunday.
To promote healthy living, the carnival is sugar-free.
Ballarat And District Aboriginal Cooperative chief executive officer Karen Heap said the decision to go sugar-free was a result of the high rate of diabetes and heart condition in the Aboriginal community.
“BADAC’s medical clinic deals with high numbers of people with issues such as diabetes and heart conditions. We work closely with our community to promote a healthy lifestyle and better nutrition.”