Thursday, 23 June 2016
Eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will represent ECU for the first time since 2009 at the 2016 Indigenous Unigames in Brisbane.
The National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) began in 1996 as a joint class project and were attended by around 30 students. This year hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students from around 35 universities across Australia will compete.
Team captain Ahmi Narkle, who is studying her final year of nursing, has been instrumental in getting ECU’s team together.
“We put out an expression of interest across the university and then held trials, from there a team was selected and we’ve been training for the past four months,” Ahmi said.
“We’ve been playing scratch matches against the other universities in WA, getting practice and making friends too.
“My goal has been to have this event cemented on the student calendar so that teams from ECU can continue to participate in the games for years to come, giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students the full university experience.”
The team will compete in four sports: netball, basketball, touch rugby and volleyball plus a yet to be revealed traditional Indigenous game.
“We’re probably most excited and confident about netball. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring home the netball cup,” Ahmi said.
The team’s uniforms feature a design created for the ECU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student union by Aboriginal artist Kevin Bynder.
The 21ST Annual National Indigenous Tertiary Student Games commence on Sunday 26 June at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane and run until Friday 1 July.
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