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Allowing people to learn and grow through sport

Story shared by: Geoff Davis – Garnduwa

“Garnduwa has used Lotterywest funding primarily to support the Garnduwa Festival, where people from remote parts of the Kimberley, Pilbara and the Northern Territory come to Fitzroy Crossing to participate in four days of football, basketball, music, dance, traditional dance and song, and other activities.

Garnduwa does a lot more than just run the Festival. We plan and deliver Indigenous sport and recreation programs for remote communities. The Festival and these programs assist the people from the remote communities to gain access to competitions, coaching and training that they would not normally be able to access.

We’ve had big successes. An example is Zeppy Skinner who is playing AFL for the Western Bulldogs, in part thanks to Garnduwa. He was from Noonkanbah, a remote community in the Fitzroy Valley. He entered our football program as a kid and was supported to enable him to get to where he wanted to go.

Our aim is to not just have people play sport. We also aim to have Indigenous coaches, umpires and administrators that facilitate more effective participation by Indigenous participants.

Remote community football teams sometimes have a number of administrative and structural problems. Quite often it is due to Indigenous people trying to interpret non-Indigenous language and operational methods. When Indigenous people are involved in management, coaching and officiating, there is less of that problem. It’s about taking responsibility for your own participation and your own mob.”

Watch this story shared by the Garnduwa CEO Geoff


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