As done in previous years, at the start of the SportAccord Convention, the 60 members of the ARISF & AIMS family came together for a night between friends. Many VIP delegates from the IOC, Queensland Government joined the surprise party including the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr Ban Ki Moon.
Three buses and many VIP cars whisked the delegates off to the surprise venue the Warner Bros. Movie World Theme Park.
Delegates were welcomed by none other than Ms Marilyn Monroe at the Fountain of Fame after walking the red carpet. GAISF/SportAccord and ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli and AIMS President Stephan Fox made their welcome speech and everyone toasted to sport and friendship.
The function kicked into high gear as the DC Roller Coaster opened up for the private function where all delegates including Mr Ban Ki Moon took a ride (or two!) on the thrilling ride. After the adrenaline rush, the guests were led to the Star Pavillion through a vibrant street setting and a live performance by Ms Monroe. The lights went out and Bat Man arrived on his Bat Mobile to the delight of all the young-hearted delegates experiencing the first welcome dinner of this kind in the history of the SportAccord Convention.