Yorta Yorta Elder and former NAIDOC Athlete of the Year, Aunty Pam Pedersen, has followed in his father’s footsteps and been named an Honorary Award for his contributions to community and football at this year’s AFLW Indigenous Round.
Held at an art gallery in South Australia on Monday, the round paid tribute to the spectacular rise of women’s competition and celebrated the spirit of their journey, stewardship and community in developing games.
Aunty Pam’s experience, an Aboriginal minister and daughter of male AFL Indigenous round namesake Doug Nicholls, made her well-suited for the position, said Tanya Hosch, executive general manager of AFL inclusion and social policy. said.
“We are really proud to welcome Antti Pam as this year’s winner and I think the world of football will be delighted with her recognition,” Hoche said.
“The Official Indigenous Round of the Women’s Games is now in its third season. , always stands out in our games.
Aunt Pam has served on numerous Indigenous Peoples Committees, including Carlton’s Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Committee and the Sir Dag Nichols Indigenous Round Organizing Committee, and has had a long career in the justice system and children’s courts.
She has previously competed in swimming at the World Masters Games and participated in the baton relay before the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
After teams from Essendon, Hawthorn, Sydney and Port Adelaide qualified for the women’s competition, Indigenous next qualified as the first 18-sided full fixture First Nations to match the men’s competition.
On Sunday, Port Adelaide announced the debut of the Indigenous Guernsey.
Former Port Indigenous School program participants and now club employees, sisters Jakira and Tikana Telfler, once roamed the base at Alberton Oval, a charis (emu) and a rock pool incorporated into the design. showcased the club’s cultural ties, featuring representations of women with
In a symbolic gesture, all elements point towards the forward trajectory of the club.
“Knowing the significance of this historic Guernsey design came with a great responsibility,” said the pair.
“But we know the story and spirit of this place. It’s our country.
“We apologize for asking.
“Traveling through this design, in 1939 our great-grandfather Howard Abbott was Port Adelaide’s leading goal kicker and now, three generations later, our Guernsey will be another historic moment. I found out.”
Port Adelaide will wear jumpers for the first time against Carlton on Sunday.
The AFLW Indigenous round begins Friday with the Western Bulldogs taking on Fremantle at IKON Park in Melbourne.