Founded in 1961, Sydnejaus Liėtuvių Sporto Klubas KOVAS has been promoting Lithuanian culture through sport for over 50 years. In 2014 Kovas became an Incorporated sports club and continues to maintain its incorporate status. Our current SLSK Kovas committee was re-elected at our February 2016 AGM and comprises is Peter Andriejunas (President); Peter Gustafson (Vice President); Ray Jurkunas (Treasurer); Rita Kasperaitis (Secretary); Gediminas “Official” Sauka, Louise Sliogeris, Peter Burokas and Anthony Gustafson.
Kovas currently runs two men’s teams that play in local Sydney competitions and who regularly feature in the finals of these competitions. In 2015/16 Kovas has made ongoing efforts to support junior basketball with trainings and other events held to encourage junior participation within the club. With a large number of young children aged 1 to 10 years of age, we are confident that the future of Kovas is looking very strong with so many potential juniors coming through the ranks in the near future. Apart from the juniors, our membership base remains strong, with many of the recently migrated Lithuanians who are resident in Sydney also playing basketball in our teams or attending our training sessions.
The revival of volleyball at the Sporto Svente has seen the continued rise of volleyball in Sydney. In the second half of 2016 we have seen the addition of regular volleyball training and a mixed Kovas team competing for the first time in over 20 years.
In addition to basketball and volleyball, Kovas continues to organise and have participants in billiards, lawn bowls, darts, golf, fishing, chess, tennis and table tennis.
In late 2015, along with Melbourne Varpas, Kovas commenced a new pre-Svente sports competition, the Rimas Mickus Cup which is aimed at providing friendly competition between the Clubs outside of the Sporto Svente participation rules. The inaugural event was held at Albury, NSW and featured Men’s Basketball and Mixed Volleyball and despite our best efforts, Varpas narrowly won the inaugural trophy. The Mickus Cup is set to become an annual event, with further competition scheduled for September 2016.
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The Sydney Kovas committee.