“Our country will grow, through everyone learning the aspects of our culture we have to share”
Sarai is the co-founder of TAG, she is a Yorta Yorta and Kulin woman. Growing up in Shepparton, sport proved a way to put our people on an even playing field. Sarai spent many weekends out on Yorta Yorta country, fishing with her family, and her curiosity meant she would always spend time with elders within the community, asking about the way they grew up. This engendered a great pride within Sarai, and aspirations to share these stories and her knowledge of her culture.
Whilst living in Shepparton, Sarai was fortunate enough to play netball at Rumbalara, which enabled her to represent her community in various elite sporting teams. She began to find sport as a tool to educate peers about her culture and it wasn’t long after gaining a taste of the Traditional Aboriginal Games through a previous role, that she saw just how valuable the games could be. It stood out that the games give both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians a strong sense of pride in the Aboriginal culture and provide such a robust connection through sport.
“Promoting positive education through culture, diversity and history”
Domica is a Tasmanian Aboriginal or a ‘Palawa’ woman who moved to Melbourne from Townsville, North QLD. Passionate about sport, the move was a perfect fit. Having a Sport and Exercise Science degree as well as an Education degree behind her it wasn’t long before she picked up a job at a leading Catholic Secondary School for boys. Although Domica loves the challenges and aspects teaching brings, it is the connection to her heritage and culture that drives the motivation within to educate not only students at school, but people of all ages, about the indigenous culture. From this realisation it was clear that traditional games and ways in which ancestors used to teach a variety of skills to members of their tribes had to be shared as she feared this cultural knowledge could end up being lost forever.