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.