Carnival unites Kookaburra stars with indigenous students
Fortescue Metals Group and Hockey Australia have teamed up again to host the National Indigenous Hockey Carnival in the Pilbara, with 50 students participating from five schools in the region.
The National Indigenous Hockey Program and annual carnival have been the hallmark of Fortescue’s relationship with the Kookaburras since the partnership began in 2011, with the Hockeyroos coming on board in January.
Fortescue chief executive Nev Power said the program was about more than simply encouraging children to play a great sport.
“It exposes local kids to inspirational role models and instils in them the benefits of teamwork and a healthy lifestyle,” he said.
“The program has been well received by students, teachers and the players themselves; we have a solid foundation to build on as we look to expand this great initiative.”
Five members of the Kookaburras participated in the carnival, coaching the students and umpiring the games.
Hockey Australia chief executive Cam Vale said the hockey carnival was a highlight for the players.
“It is a great opportunity for the players to share the sport they love with the kids and also give back to the community,” he said.
Wickham Primary School physical education specialist Sarah Lynch said it was a good way for competing schools to have some fun, as well as improve the hockey and teamwork skills of the students.
“They are now passionate to continue to play hockey and are looking forward to competing again next year,” she said.
National Indigenous Hockey Program participants in the Pilbara.