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Indigenous Youth Sports Program helps youngsters aspire and inspire

Published:23 September 2016

160 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youngsters participated in the Indigenous Youth Sports Program this week.

The future leaders of Central Queensland’s Indigenous communities converged on CQUniversity’s Rockhampton North campus this week to lift their spirits and aspirations to higher education through sport and education.

About 160 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, aged 10-17 participated in the 2016 Indigenous Youth Sports Program and the Indigenous Land and Sea Education Program, led by CQUni’s Widening Participation Program.

WPP Officer Malcolm Mann said the program, now in its sixth  year, aimed to raise and support Indigenous students’ aspiration to careers through university and VET pathways at CQUniversity.

“The 2016 theme was the BROLGA – Believe, Respect, Openness, Learn, Growth, Achieve,” Mr Mann said.

“The students participated  in 24 sessions during the week, led by 20 community based, CQUni mentors.”

The program was supported by partner organisations, Central Qld Indigenous Development Ltd, Darumbal Community Youth Service, Darumbal Enterprises, Life without Barriers, and Central Qld Capras Rugby League Club.