After waking in the dark, early hours of Saturday morning, SUMBA journeyed to Sydney International Airport to welcome home 101 athletes and 35 support staff returning from the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. By all measures it was a successful Games for Team Australia, returning with 141 medals and many more personal best performances and memories. SUMBA trumpeted, clarineted and saxophoned their return with triumphant renditions of “We Are the Champions”, upbeat “I Want You Back” and crowd favourites “Sweet Caroline”, “YMCA” and “Twist and Shout”. SUMBAs unofficial anthem “Oye Como Va” also saw plenty of stage time, and the surprise inclusion of “25 or 6 to 4” kept our musicians on their toes. The athletes and their friends, family and supporters all appreciated the musical addition to the Welcome Home, with plenty of feet tapping and more than a few hands in the air swaying along to the beat. We finished off with some fresh, homemade raspberry and white chocolate muffins, and left the airport before most people had awoken. A great start to SUMBA’s 2019 performance schedule!!

SUMBA would like to thank Special Olympics Australia for inviting us to perform, Sydney Airport for hosting us, and The University of Sydney Union (USU) for their continued support.

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Update on COVID-19

Hi everyone,

As you are possibly aware, Sydney University sent out recommendations in the last few hours indicating that the University highly recommends all gatherings and events be cancelled or postponed due to the threat of the novel Corona Virus (COVID-19). The World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and as a result heightened preventative methods are stressed.

Therefore, as a results the SUMBA exec are figuring out what events and rehearsals we may have to cancel this semester. In our discussions, we are taking into account the recommendations of the Uni and the Australian government, and are factoring in actions of other organisations (e.g. the Sydney Royal Easter Show unfortunately deciding to cancel the show this year).

For those who haven't read my other really long post in the 'SUMBA Plays at the Rugby' event, we are no longer playing at the rugby tomorrow (Sat 14th), and will make sure everyone gets their instruments back who needs them...

We will keep you all updated about what decisions are being made, especially about rehearsal next Thursday (right now we are just waiting on more information from the Uni and USU). We're really sorry that new members are not getting the ultimate SUMBA experience, and hope you won't hate us all too much wooo  :(

If you have any questions or comments etc. etc. DO NOT HESITATE IN CONTACTING US to discuss things!