Sport unites young people. The first Nepean Deanery Sports Day took place in 2009. The day was envisaged as an opportunity for the youth of the Nepean Deanery to meet one another and spend a fun day together. Since then, the day has grown to include teams from well beyond the deanery and throughout the Parramatta Diocese. The Sports Day has become one of the longest running and most successful post-WYD Sydney initiatives in the Diocese. Thank you to the ‘Flockers’- the former Penrith Parish Youth Group, their family and friends for laying the solid foundations we now stand on. In 2016, Catholic Youth Parramatta, with the continued advice and support of the ‘Flockers’ took responsibility for the planning, promotion and implementation of the now-named LIFTED Sports Day for the Diocese of Parramatta. The day involves a round robin competition between 16 parishes in touch football, basketball, soccer and volleyball.