Wirltu Yarlu Students Prepare for the 2024 Indigenous Nationals

Kaurna Learning Circle ceremony

The University of Adelaide, Wirltu Yarlu and Adelaide University Sport and Fitness lights up with anticipation and pride as twelve of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students take off on an exciting journey to the 2024 Indigenous Nationals. Participating in a powerful cultural send-off performed by Kaurna Performer Robert Taylor, and Warumunga/Yuggera man David Booth and his sons from the Imbala dance group at the Kaurna Learning Circle, our students, alongside Uncle Rod O'Brien and Leesa Ashton, are ready to uphold the spirit of Wirltu Yarlu, the Kaurna name for the sea eagle who, according to Kaurna storytelling, is always striving to soar higher.

Coordinated by Wirltu Yarlu Student Services Officer Danielle Carter in collaboration with Adelaide University Sport and Fitness , this year's uniforms have been carefully designed with "The Journey," the new Wirltu Yarlu artwork by Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, and Wirangu artist Gabriel Stengle. This artwork represents the power of education and the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. It inspires us to embrace our uniqueness, pursue our dreams relentlessly, and never lose sight of our culture and goals.  

As we look forward to the 28th Indigenous Nationals in 2024, the anticipation has already started to build. This spectacular event, set to be held from 23-27 June at the University of Wollongong, will see our students compete in touch football, basketball, netball, and volleyball over four days.

Born from humble beginnings as a simple class project, the Indigenous Nationals has grown into a prestigious week-long multi-sport competition, embodying the rich sporting abilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As a platform for First Nations student-athletes to showcase their skills, this event is more than just a competition; it's an opportunity to connect with peers and honour their cultural heritage and history on the playing field.

As we gear up for the thrilling contest, we respect and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land where the games will unfold.

We cheer on our students, who will carry the torch of our vibrant and resilient history. Let's celebrate and support our students as they take on the challenge, representing The University with pride and strength.

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