The Plus500 Brumbies commitment to inclusivity in the game of rugby will continue with their NAIDOC Week event to be held at Brumbies HQ at the University of Canberra on Tuesday 9 July.
Starting at 12.30pm with a customary welcome to Country and Smoke Ceremony, participants will then take part in both Touch 7’s and Buroinjin, a traditional Indigenous ball game throughout the day.
“At the Brumbies we recognise the unique role that sport plays in removing barriers and creating opportunities for those of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origins,” CEO, Phil Thomson commented.
“We are extremely excited at the chance to participate in NAIDOC Week with these like-minded and prominent organisations in Sport Australia and the AIS, and the University of Canberra.Together we aim to raise awareness, recognise and celebrate the unique role that Indigenous Australians play in the life of this city and region.
“This event provides a wonderful opportunity for us to engage, through sport, in an enjoyable but meaningful way and more openly connect with our Indigenous communities.
“The day is viewed as a vital part of our reconciliation journey as we aim to develop a deeper understanding and build more positive relationships that engender trust, respect and equality.”
Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer said the event was a great way to celebrate the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to Australian sport.
“It’s fantastic to promote and enjoy traditional Indigenous games at a community event like this. I’d urge everyone to use Sport Australia’s resource, Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Games, which preserves more than 100 traditional Indigenous Australian games and activities. It’s a great way to honour NAIDOC Week and get active at the same time.”
AIS CEO Peter Conde said NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in high performance sport and encouraged all Aussies to look to their success for inspiration and pride.
“There has been, and continues to be, some wonderful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes who have represented Australia at the very highest level. From Kevin Coombs, who competed at the very first Paralympic Games in 1960, through to Cathy Freeman at the Sydney 2000 Games, and so many more, we celebrate those achievements and recognise the significance of their contribution to Australian sport."
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Deep Saini praised the organisation’s collaborative approach to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this NAIDOC Week event with the Brumbies, Sport Australia and the AIS, and we welcome everyone to join us at the University of Canberra campus next Tuesday,” Professor Saini said.
“This event is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, perhaps learn something new, and participate in a fun and social atmosphere. I look forward to seeing some Buroinjin games in action and cheering on our UC players.”
Plus500 Brumbies NAIDOC Event Schedule
Tuesday 9 July 2019
12.30pm: Welcome to Country
12.35pm: Smoke Ceremony
12.45pm: Official Opening
12.50pm: Collaborative Hands Workshops begin
1.00pm: Tournament Rounds for Buroinjin & Touch 7’s
3.30pm: BBQ sponsored by Sport Australia & AIS
4:00pm: Presentation of Collaborative Hands Paintings and Inaugural Tournament Trophy
4.30pm: Event Concludes