The Plus500 Brumbies commitment to inclusivity in the game of rugby continued with an outstanding NAIDOC Week event held at Brumbies HQ at the University of Canberra on Tuesday 9 July.
In association with Sport Oz, the AIS and the University of Canberra, teams from the respective organisations met on the Brumbies Training fields to participate in a round-robin Touch7s and Buroinjin festival of fixtures.
The action, as you would expect form three organisations where sport is the beating heart was fast and furious but, more importantly, played within the spirt of friendship and camaraderie.
“The event was a tremendous success in celebrating Aboriginal and Indigeneous culture within Canberra and the region,” Plus500 Brumbies CEO Phil Thomson commented.
“I’d like to extend my thanks to Sport Oz, the AIS and the University of Canberra and to our own Brumbies Rugby Community Development team for putting on such a brilliant day’s activity.
“We look forward to developing this concept further as we continue to support NAIDOC and its related activities throughout the year.”
After being treated to the traditional Welcome to County, including a didgeridoo player, Smoke Ceremony and Acknowledgement to Country by Torres Strait Islanders representatives, and the welcoming comments from Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer, AIS CEO Peter Conde, University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Deep Saini, and Thomson, the action on the field began.
As well as the fast-paced games taking place, there was also the opportunity for those involved to take part on the Collaborative Hands painting project where Indigenous artist Dale Huddleston was presented with the logo and colours of the participating organisations and created an exclusive piece of Aboriginal artwork that was unique to each.
All set to the backdrop of a DJ and Band playing throughout the day on the forecourt, plus an inflatable field, kid’s activities and an appearance by Brumby Jack, as well as a BBQ to feed the masses, the event was a superb way to celebrate the Indigenous peoples of the country.