Australian-Lithuanian team Geelong Vytis participates in SALFASS sports festival in Cleveland

The Geelong Vytis sports club made history this month by participating in the 65th SALFASS (Šiaurės Amerikos Lietuvių Fizinio Auklėjimo ir Sporto Sąjunga) Sporto Šventė in Cleveland, USA on June 4-7.
Back: Edis Obeliūnas, Victoria Valaityte, Margot Lattanzi, Tomas Ycas, Peter Stauskas, Rimi Kubilius, Renata Simonaviciute, Andrea Kmielauskaite. Front: Peter Fisher, Viktoras Zubrickas, Vaclovas the Kangaroo, Rimi Statkus, Vidas Kubilius. Missing: Gintas Dirse (hospitalised).

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Australian-Lithuanian Rimi Statkus, SALFASS president Laurynas Misevicius, Vaclovas the Kangaroo and Edis Obeliūnas.
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SALFASS Basketball vadovas Stasys Kuliavas from Toronto, Edis Obeliūnas and former SALFASS president and Chicago legend Rimanatas Dirvonis who lead the American team to the 1988 World Games in Adelaide.
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Geelong Vytis players pictured post-match with Cleveland Žaibas Gold after the Australian side took out the SALFASS Division C title 61-58.
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