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Aboriginal Cricket Academy

The ABC today have done a story on a cricket academy operating out of Northam in Western Australia. You can see it on the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-17/indigenous-cricket-team-show-invincible-spirit/8129350

But it’s a story about will, commitment and what can happen when the wisdom of two worlds combine to make a difference. For those who have the time tonight, have a look at the ABC news in WA. It will show some of the information on the above link about the cricket academy. As bckground, however, it’s run in Northam by Mark (Shadow) Davis and his son Jermaine (Bomber) Davis. It’s been running for about ten years as an initiative of the Davis family and Ballardong people to engage Aboriginal youth in sport. Mark often speaks about it starting point behing in his backyard and knowing how much the kids enjoyed backyard cricket. But when they left his place, they had nowhere to go to play and most couldn’t afford it. Now, with the support of the WACA and the Department of Sport and Recreation, there are seventy young people engaged in the program, boys and girls, and there are non-Aboriginal kids in the teams as well. It’s now moving to it’s next phase of spreading into Ballardong Country. It’s a great story and a credit to those two men, their family and Ballardong people, a group of supporters and sponsors in Northam and the cricket and sports worlds that have supported them. But as I said, it is also an example of how two worlds can work together in new ways by walking together on a journey and sharing the control and decision-making. It’s a great lesson in progress.


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