Cor­po­rate game chal­lenge

OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS EN­COUR­AGED TO GET TEAMS TO­GETHER TO COM­PETE IN TRA­DI­TIONAL INDIGENOUS GAME

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed

Goul­burn Val­ley or­gan­i­sa­tions are en­cour­aged to sign up for this year’s annual ASHE Cor­po­rate Bour­in­jin Chal­lenge.

ASHE staff mem­ber and chal­lenge co-or­di­na­tor Jamie Atkin­son said or­gan­i­sa­tions could get teams of six to 10 play­ers to­gether to com­pete in the tra­di­tional indigenous game.

‘‘It’s a fast game that is tra­di­tional to the Kabi Kabi peo­ple of north­ern Queens­land,’’ he said.

Mr Atkin­son said ASHE had de­vel­oped its own style about 10 years ago, which al­lowed sec­ondary school stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the game each year for ASHE Fest.

‘‘We changed it to the ASHE way, which in­cor­po­rates goals,’’ he said.

The event will raise funds through team reg­is­tra­tion fees to sup­port ASHE’s Abo­rig­i­nal Nurs­ing Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram which is run in con­junc­tion with La Trobe Univer­sity’s Shep­par­ton Cam­pus.

‘‘Teams en­ter­ing will be asked to com­plete the at­tached reg­is­tra­tion form and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion in re­gards to the in­voice of $200 for team reg­is­tra­tion,’’ Mr Atkin­son said.

‘‘Each team can have up to 10 play­ers com­pet­ing in the tour­na­ment and must pro­vide a first-aid per­son per team.’’

Mr Atkin­son said they’d had good suc­cess with the chal­lenge in the past and it helped raise aware­ness of indigenous cul­ture in the work­place as well as sup­port­ing a great cause in ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘It is a fun and healthy way for you to be in­volved on the court with your co-work­ers/su­per­vi­sors for a few hours,’’ he said.

● The chal­lenge will be played on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23 from 10 am to 1.30 pm at Shep­par­ton Sports Sta­dium. For more de­tails and to get a reg­is­tra­tion form phone Jamie Atkin­son on 5823 6600 or email jamie.atkin­son@unimelb.edu.au Reg­is­tra­tion closes on Fri­day, Novem­ber 16.

IT IS A FUN AND HEALTHY WAY FOR YOU TO BE IN­VOLVED ON THE COURT WITH YOUR CO-WORK­ERS/SU­PER­VI­SORS FOR A FEW HOURS. — JAMIE ATKIN­SON

Pic­tures: Rod­ney Braith­waite

Bring it on: La Trobe Univer­sity staff mem­bers Amanda Far­rall and Michael Chisholm are ready for this year’s ASHE Cor­po­rate Bour­in­jin Chal­lenge.

In ac­tion: Michael Chisholm and Christo­pher Walker prac­tise Bour­in­jin ahead of the cor­po­rate chal­lenge.

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