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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