Young cricketers launch new Aboriginal designed kit alongside Test cricket stars
Kids participating in Woolworths Cricket Blast – Cricket Australia’s official kids program – will have the opportunity to kit themselves out in an Aboriginal-designed shirt from February 2020.
Officially launched yesterday at the Woolworths Cricket Blast Test Match Training at the Adelaide Oval, 25 Aboriginal children from the Woolworths Community Fund cricket program in Port Lincoln joined Marnus Labuschagne, James Pattinson and Joe Burns to celebrate the new shirt and its cultural significance to Australian cricket.
Designed by 16-year old Aboriginal artist and Dharawal man (Southern Sydney) Billy Reynolds, the Goanna design depicts one of Billy’s three totem symbols, reflecting his cultural identity.
Executive General Manager of Community Cricket at Cricket Australia, Belinda Clark said:
“This unique opportunity shines a light on cricket’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation and how we will provide options for young cricketers to celebrate First Nations cultures.
“There have been many significant uniforms in the recent history of Australian Cricket that have celebrated Aboriginal cultures and reconciliation.
“The latest addition, with a youthful audience in mind is an opportunity to connect our youngest participants with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
“As a fun, fast and action-packed program for girls and boys of all abilities and a must do summer activity for kids aged between 5 – 10, this shirt brings further recognition to the Woolworths Cricket Blast’s inclusiveness of all Australians.”
Butchulla woman and Cricket Australia’s Indigenous Engagement Specialist, Courtney Hagen said:
“I know these shirts will play a huge role in starting conversations, raising awareness and encouraging us all to learn more.
“It’s a great way for cricket to provide kids the opportunity to celebrate the world’s oldest living culture by kitting themselves out in this deadly design and having fun with their friends.”
The shirts will be available for any cricketers to select who sign-up as a new or returning participant to Woolworths Cricket Blast from January 2020.
Cricket Australia will launch its second Reconciliation Action Plan on 6 December 2019 in Melbourne where 104 deliverables will be committed to over the next three years to contribute to reconciliation.