NT young gun gains NAIDOC pres­tige


THE Ter­ri­tory’s Jack Peris is well on his way to fol­low­ing in his mother’s leg­endary foot­steps, af­ter be­com­ing the youngest per­son to ever be named Sportsper­son of the Year at the 2018 Na­tional NAIDOC Awards.

The 15-year-old ath­lete and son of for­mer sen­a­tor and Olympian Nova Peris, was pre­sented with the in­dige­nous ac­co­lade in Syd­ney last night.

He was recog­nised for his out­stand­ing sport­ing achieve­ments.

Jack has rep­re­sented the NT in rugby league and athletics, most re­cently be­com­ing the na­tional un­der-16 Aus­tralian 400m cham­pion.

He is the youngest per­son to ever be named Sportsper­son of the Year at the Na­tional NAIDOC Awards, fol­lowed by in­dige­nous NBA star Patty Mills, who won the award at age 16 in 2006.

The young Ter­ri­to­rian was raised in the Tiwi Is­lands be­fore mov­ing to Mel­bourne two years ago. He is a de­scen­dant of the Iwatja peo­ple of Western Arn­hem Land, and the Yawuru and Gidja peo­ple of the West and East Kim­ber­ley.

The achieve­ments of Dr June Os­car AO were also recog­nised last night, when she was named the highly cov­eted 2018 NAIDOC Per­son of the Year.

Mean­while, the Life­time Achieve­ment Award was pre­sented to so­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cate Pa­tri­cia Anderson AO.

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