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The NRL’s annual Indigenous Round is a chance for many of the game’s current stars to reflect on their culture and their makings, while paying respect to ancestors who have gone before.

Just is that the case for the players who light up the NRL arena each and every week, so too is it a case in point for the many proud Indigenous members present within the wider NRL Community.

Savannah Roberts, a graduate of the NRL’s ‘School to Work Program’, was present at Sharks training on Tuesday, as the Club announced a further commitment to the RECOGNISE campaign.

The School to Work Program itself is an education and employment program that utilises the positive profile of the game of Rugby League to support and encourage young Indigenous Australians to stay at school, get a job, and be a legend for themselves, their families and their communities.

Roberts, who proudly displayed the work of her art as donated to the Sharks squad, payed tribute to the work of former Shark and current NRL Community development officer Daniel Holdsworth for his continued assistance and support in her personal journey throughout the program.

“It comes from the heart, and it is a reflection of what my culture means to me,” she said.

With Roberts’ Indigenous origins spanning across large parts of NSW, she expressed the love for her Aboriginal heritage, and the role she has taken in spreading the messages of her past within her community.

“I love being being Aboriginal, and to know I’m doing something that reflects my culture in my community by teaching other young Indigenous about our heritage, it’s a nice feeling,” Roberts added.

Acknowledgement of Country

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 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.