National Reconciliation Week focuses on teaching Australians about Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and achievements, exploring how everyone can help contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Adelaide University Sport was proud to be involved in some of the University of Adelaide’s National Reconciliation Week events. These included the launch of the Sea of Hands art installation where people were encouraged to plant a hand in the ground to add to the piece, the Cultural Walking Tour which explored significant cultural sites along the Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens) and the National Reconciliation Week BBQ where our General Manager Michelle Wilson introduced some of our Indigenous Nationals team members. “We are proud to be sending a team to the Indigenous Nationals for the first time in over five years. We hope this will become an annual tradition and will further develop relationships with our 36 member clubs.”
Michelle believes that sport is a strong platform in which to celebrate the achievements of Indigenous Australians during National Reconciliation Week. “Sport is an important part of the Australian culture and Adelaide University sport has a proud 125 year history. It has the opportunity to break down barriers and offers a unique opportunity for all Australians to participate as equals. Sport is based on teamwork, fairness, trust and equality, and can play an important role in establishing and nurturing relationships. National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Adelaide University Sport members and further develop our relationship with Wirtli Yarlu.”
The Adelaide University Sport Indigenous Nationals team comprised of 10 athletes will compete in netball, touch football, volleyball and basketball from 23-27 June 2019 in Perth, Western Australia.