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SCNSW September Newsflash

Thursday, 1 September 2016


Grüezi members and friends!

Hopp Schwiiz! Congratulations to all Swiss athletes who fought hard and tirelessly and performed exceptionally well at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, winning a total of seven medals for Switzerland! Check out our #Blog below for an interesting article on the history of Switzerland at the Olympics, followed by details of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Swiss medalists and Switzerland's medal tally.

Please carefully read the information below regarding the Meeting of the Swiss Representatives from the Swiss Abroad event in October. All Swiss living in NSW will have the opportunity to attend this unique event and participate with the Podium Discussion Panel on important topics concerning the Swiss abroad.

The Swiss National Day at Castle Hill Showground, organised by the Swiss Yodelers of Sydney and the Swiss Folksdance Alpegruess, was once again a great success. To revisit the festivities of the day, read our short write-up below and watch our YouTube video, which showcases the day's events.

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Upcoming Events in Sydney:

  • SCNSW: Lane Cove Bushwalk on Sun 4 from 09:00, details below.
  • SE: Swiss Entrepreneurs Lunch on Wed 7 from 12:15.
  • SCCS: Central Coast Seniors Luncheon, Gosford RSL on Thu 15 from 12:00.
  • SCCS: AGM at the Schnitzelhaus Neutral Bay on Thu 22 from 18:30.
  • ASO: Meeting with Representatives from the Swiss Abroad on Wed 5 Oct from 16:30. Please see more details below.
  • SE: Swiss Entrepreneurs Lunch on Wed 5 Oct from 12:15
  • SCCS: Committee meeting at Il Patio on Thu 20 Oct from 18:30.
  • Regional Jass Tournament at The Royal Hotel Leichhardt. More info TBA in Oct.
  • SCNSW: Buure Zmorge at the Austrian Club on Sun 6 Nov from 10:00.

Event: Meeting with Representatives from the Swiss Abroad

The Delegate of New South Wales to the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) and the Swiss Club of New South Wales cordially invite Swiss Citizens in metropolitan Sydney to attend a meeting with Representatives of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

The event will take place in the New South Wales Parliament House on Wednesday, 5 October 2016 starting from 16:30. The Podium Discussion Panel will comprise the following distinguished Swiss Representatives:

  • Mr Juerg Burri, Ambassador of the Consular Directorate, Berne, Switzerland
  • Mr Remo Gysin, President of the OSA in Berne, Switzerland
  • Mr Pedro Zwahlen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia
  • Mr Ernst Steinmann, Consul General of Switzerland in Sydney
  • Mr Beat Knoblauch, Delegate to the CSA for NSW, Australia

This will be an occasion for all Swiss to get acquainted with the latest news from Berne, such as the new Law on the Swiss Abroad and 100 years of OSA. There will be ample time for attendees to ask questions to the Panel on current topics concerning the Swiss Abroad.

When: Wednesday, 5 October 2016 from 16:30. For more details, download the Swiss Consulate of Sydney's Invitation Flyer (273 KB PDF).
Where: NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.
Cost: $50.00 per person for either Conference & Catering, or Catering alone.
Bookings: Purchase your ticket online via TryBooking before Wednesday, 28 September 2016.

Event: Riverside Walking Track, Lane Cove National Park

The delightful 5km (one-way), 2.5 hour, easy Riverside Walking Track meanders through natural bushland and a string of picturesque picnic areas in Lane Cove National Park, just north of Sydney CBD. Join the SCNSW and enjoy a weekend getaway without leaving town and introduce the kids to the simple pleasures of birdwatching and wildlife-spotting.

As an option, we can head over to Whitefire Grill Restaurant (2-min walk, crossover Dehli Rd) for a well-deserved lunch after the walk. After lunch, we will return back to Riverside Drive by taking the 545 Bus from Delhi Rd, which departs every 30 mins.

When: Sunday, 4 September 2016, meeting at 9:30 am.
Where: Riverside Walking Track, Lane Cove National Park.
Parking: Along Riverside Drive. See map here (74.6 KB, JPG).
Cost: Parking costs $8 for the day (unless you have a National Parks Pass). The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. Lunch at the restaurant is to be paid for on an individual basis.
RSVP: Alois Simath via before Sunday, 4 September.
The hunt for local ingredients for a regional speciality
SwissInfo Clip: The Hunt for Local Ingredients for a Regional Speciality

The Engadine nut tart is a cherished Swiss regional speciality although one of its main ingredients, the walnut, is often sourced from California or Moldova. That could be about to change thanks to a farmer. SwissInfo.
Past Event: Swiss National Day Picnic, Castle Hill Showground

The Swiss National Day Picnic at Castle Hill Showground, organised by the Swiss Yodelers of Sydney and Swiss Folksdance Group Alpegruess, was once again a great success with many patriotic visitors braving the cool weather to join in the festivities. The variety of stalls kept everyone busy by offering many Swiss delicacies and products. The BBQ proved to be very popular with bratwurst, cervelats and fleischkäse available. The tombola prize list was fantastic this year and many attendees won great prizes. There were also many attractions for the children, including a huge selection of rides, a petting zoo and bottle fishing. We had a busy day at the SCNSW stall and would like to thank all the wonderful people who came to have a chat and signed up as members with the SCNSW. Perhaps we can see a few of you at our upcoming events?

This event could not be possible without the dedication and efforts from all the volunteers involved: the SCNSW would like to thank everyone who contributed to this wonderful day. We look forward to the festivities next year!

YouTube Clip: Swiss National Day 2016

A short clip showcasing the festivities at the 2016 Swiss National Day Picnic at Castle Hill Showground in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, 7th August 2016. Hosted by the Swiss Yodelers of Sydney and the Swiss Folksdance Alpegruess—thank you to all the volunteers involved for your efforts. Filmed and edited by the Swiss Club of NSW.
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#Blog: A History of Switzerland at the Olympic Games

Society, politics and the symbolic value of sport: Switzerland's attitude to the Olympic Games mirrors a hundred years of national history.

The first modern Olympiad was held in Athens in 1896. 249 athletes took part: 168 Greeks and 81 from 13 other countries (including three Swiss). There were nine disciplines in all: athletics, cycling, gymnastics, wrestling, swimming, fencing, weight lifting, tennis and shooting. Only five sports have been a constant feature of the summer Olympics since then: athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics and swimming.

French educator Baron de Coubertin (1863-1937) is regarded as the father of the modern Olympic movement. Adopting an English educational principle, he saw sport as vital in teaching values and preparing young people for life in a competitive world. Following France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870), de Coubertin reproached the French intellectual class for "sitting around too much on their brains", while neglecting to cultivate physical prowess. On his initiative the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded in Paris in 1894 and transferred to Lausanne during the First World War...

>> To read more of this article, please visit the Blog page of our website.


#FunFacts: Switzerland at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Congratulations to all our Swiss Olympians for their stallion effort and dedication at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, winning a total of 7 Olympic medals (3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze):

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Echo Helvetia: Sigi Wyder, a hippie through and through

In a two-part interview, Melbourne resident Sigi Wyder is telling his personal history. Born in Davos in Switzerland, he made his way towards Australia in the 70's via a VW bus. He finally arrived at Melbourne's airport, barefoot. Sigi then had a long and successful career as a pastry chef.

Click on link to listen to podcast by Christian Froelicher, Echo Helvetia.
100 Year Anniversary of the ASO/OSA
The ASO/OSA and SwissInfo are pleased to inform you that the video of the festivities for the 100th anniversary of the ASO/OSA in Bern are now available. The videos are spoken in German or French (depending on the speaker):
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