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Eels at 2020 NRL All Stars Indigenous Youth Summit

The Parramatta Eels are proud of the three young leaders who represented the Club and community at the 2020 NRL All Stars Indigenous Youth Summit on the Gold Coast earlier this year, culminating in the All Stars celebrations and an opportunity to share experiences with the Indigenous and Maori All Star Teams.

Blayde Roberts-Ruwoldt, Chelsea Sowden, Jakai Dixon were identified as young leaders by their school communities and selected to represent the Parramatta Eels from the successful NRL School to Work program, a program funded by the Australian Government and supported by the Parramatta Eels to support Indigenous students in achieving their education and employment goals with a focus on connection to culture.

The Parramatta Eels representatives were four of the sixty indigenous young leaders from across Australia who participated in the week-long All Stars Youth Summit & celebrations including participating in cultural, leadership and community workshops including learning and performing war cry, haka, traditional dances as well as working alongside the Indigenous and Maori men’s and women’s teams to learn cross-cultural customs and traditions.

The NRL All Stars Youth Summit culminated in the celebrations of the All Stars game between the Indigenous and Maori All Stars match on the Gold Coast on February 22.

Acknowledgement of Country

Parramatta Eels respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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