Sporting Carnivals Provide Opportunities For Aboriginal Rising Stars

Sporting Carnivals Provide Opportunities For Aboriginal Rising Stars

Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray

Future Stars At Aboriginal Sports Carnivals

Victor P Taffa

  • Nicky Winmar Carnival and Kirby Bentley Cup showcases rising footy stars
  • Aboriginal Youth Gala Day celebrates netball

Young Aboriginal athletes from all over the State will have a chance to show off their skills in three sporting carnivals over the next 4 days.

“These carnivals are a great opportunity for the next generation of WAFL, AFL and netball players to have their talent recognised.” Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray said.

“Event is also a chance for players from all over the State to come together in the spirit of good sportsmanship and healthy competition.”

This afternoon (Friday 2 March), the 2018 Kirby Bentley Cup will be held at Lightning Park in Noranda.

Round robin competition for girls aged 13-15, is expected to have more than 10 teams and 150 players participating.

Annual Nicky Winmar Carnival for boys born in 2003, 2004 or 2005, will be held on Sunday (March 4) at Bendigo Bank Stadium in Mandurah.

Both carnivals are designed for talented young players to put their skills on display, and provide an opportunity for them to be identified by WAFL or AFL clubs.

Carnivals give these players the opportunity to develop their skills and are seen as legitimate pathways to State teams and squads.

Also to be held on Sunday is the 10th Aboriginal Youth Gala Day, one of Netball WA’s most important events.

Held at Mandurah’s Rushton Park, Netball WA partner with the West Australian Football Commission to deliver the event on the same day as the Nicky Winmar Carnival.

Alongside spectators, more than 1,000 players, coaches and officials are expected to attend the three carnivals.

Nicky Winmar Carnival and Kirby Bentley Cup are co-ordinated by the West Australian Football Commission and sponsored by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.