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Cathy set to rekindle flame at Indigenous Sports Awards  

30 October 2001


The Olympic flame lit by Cathy Freeman is set to be rekindled -- Indigenous style - at a stellar gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sports stars in Sydney next week (Friday 9 November, 2001).

Cathy and a host of other sporting stars including Commonwealth and Olympic gold medallist, Nova Peris, and the Brisbane Lions’ vice-captain, Darryl White, will be attending the 8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sports Awards.

Most of the record number of 10 Aboriginal athletes competing in the 2000 Olympics will also be at the Sydney Convention Centre on the eve of the Federal election.

The Indigenous response to the Sports Awards this year has been unprecedented with more than 460 sports people nominated for the eight national and eight state and territory awards.

The nominations cover a huge range of sports; from swimming to golf and from surfing to gymnastics as well as the more traditional sports involving Indigenous competitors including football and boxing.

Cathy’s Olympic gold medal and her lighting of the Olympic flame did more for reconciliation than a dozen truckloads of speeches -- for a few shining moments she united the nation and made all of us feel good about ourselves.

Yet there are also many other Indigenous sportsmen and women who have achieved at the highest levels in their careers during the past year.

We have seen Indigenous footballers ranked among the best in Australia’s football codes this year, an Indigenous boxer poised to fight for an international title, and a member of the Australian cricket team of Aboriginal descent leading an Indigenous XI to victory against a Prime Minister’s XI.

Our Sports Awards, however, also recognise the many Indigenous sportspeople achieving at national and international levels who are yet to become household names and the people who are making a difference through sport at community levels.

All of these them lift the morale and spirit of Indigenous peoples and contribute to a better future for all Australians.

People wishing to attend the awards should hurry as there are only a limited number of seats still available. Tickets, costing $65, are available from NIAAA on (02) 9241 3533.

Commissioner Christine Williams ATSIC Commissioner Sydney Zone 30 October, 2001

Further information: Paul Molloy (02) 6121 4961 / 0419 690 926


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