Three members of Djarrak Football Club attended the AFL Diversity Championships held in Blacktown NSW from Saturday 8 April through Thursday 13 April. Hayden Rickard was Assistant Coach of the All Nations Under 15 Team and Steven Raymond was Team Manager for Kick Start Under 15 Team with Wamut Mununggurr attending as a player.
The championships align with the AFL's direction in increasing the number of indigenous and multicultural participants at grassroots level that also feed into the elite ranks. NT players received visits from Aliir Aliir and Michael O'Loughlin both from the Sydney Swans. They shared their respective stories on how they came to elite level and how they have approached their careers and the constant improvement it takes to be an elite athlete and the sacrifices necessary to forge a career within the AFL.
Mark Williams held education sessions for coaching staff and these covered coaching kicking, tactics and highlighted some of his personal learnings.
Rickard was able to organise a guest speaker for both NT sides and Katrina Lindner from the Sydney Kings shared her experiences from competitive basketball where she was able to secure a scholarship with the Arizona Wildcats College Basketball Team. She spoke of resilience and routine and highlighted two ACL knee surgeries that required a real desire to get back on the court. The talk was well received by the playing group and team staff alike.
Participating players were competition to win spots on the World Team and Flying Boomerangs that will gather for the Under 16 National Championships later in the year.