PROUD GATHERING: X-Factor contestant “Soul Mumma” Rochelle Watson with Northern United board and community members.
PROUD GATHERING: X-Factor contestant “Soul Mumma” Rochelle Watson with Northern United board and community members. contributed

Sport awards for Northern Rivers' indigenous stars

INDIGENOUS sports stars from across the Northern Rivers were recognised for their achievements at a recent youth sports awards, gala dinner and fundraiser at Lismore Workers Club.

Hosted by Northern United Rugby League Club, guests included former NRL player and NRL One Community Ambassador Nathan Merritt, MC actor Luke Carroll, and former X-Factor finalist, Rochelle Pitt-Watson, who performed for the 120 people who attended.

Northern United Rugby League Football Club said it looked forward to the awards being a yearly event for the community and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in the region.

 

RIGHT: Back: Owen Simpson (rugby union), Tywana Caldwell (netball), NRL One Community Ambassador Nathan Merritt, indigenous male sport star of the year Dylan Clark, Garnett Donnelly (athletics), front: indigenous female sports star of the year Zoe Williams, and Hezekiah McKenzie, (basketball) at the Northern United Indigenous Youth Sports Awards.
RIGHT: Back: Owen Simpson (rugby union), Tywana Caldwell (netball), NRL One Community Ambassador Nathan Merritt, indigenous male sport star of the year Dylan Clark, Garnett Donnelly (athletics), front: indigenous female sports star of the year Zoe Williams, and Hezekiah McKenzie, (basketball) at the Northern United Indigenous Youth Sports Awards. contributed

"Northern United has always been about community, family and our jarjums," said club president Lester Moran.

"We aren't just about playing football, we are about creating opportunities to celebrate the success of our children and families," Mr Moran said.

"We are building partner- ships with service providers in the area to create better support systems for our players and their families and to create social change for our communities," he said.



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