Sharks send four to Indigenous Youth Summit

In a continuation of the Clubs involvement in the NRL’s School to Work program, the Sharks will send four local students to the annual NRL All Stars Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit.

This year to be held in Melbourne over the course of a week, the NRL All Stars Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit is designed to help students improve their knowledge and awareness of indigenous culture and up-skill those involved so they are able to take advantage of opportunities that come their way after completing high school.

The four students in the Sharks School to Work program Liam Clark, Rhiannan Eve, Lara Towner and Owen Shaw, will be a part of a group of 68 students from across Australia and New Zealand attending the summit.

The students will participate in workshops, visit important cultural sites around Melbourne and meet other amazing people involved in the program, while having the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships with their peers.

The NRL have partnered with Mirri Mirri to run the Summit, which begins on Monday, February 11 and runs until Friday, February 15, with the NRL School to Work program supported by the Federal Government as they continue their quest to ‘close the gap’ across Indigenous communities.

The Youth Summit also coincides with the NRL All Star game, which includes a week of cultural celebrations before an Australian Indigenous team clash with the New Zealand Maori’s in the first NRL All Stars match of its kind.

The game is scheduled to be played at AAMI Park on Friday, February 15, with a Women’s match between the same two teams the curtain-raiser on the night.

The Sharks facilitate the attendance of the local students at next week’s summit and support the NRL School to Work program through the Club’s dedicated Project Officer Daniel Holdsworth.

Photo caption - Colleen Hooker (Head Teacher/Student support), Owen Shaw, Liam Clark, Kerrie Jones (School Principal), Rhianna Eve, Lara Towner, Daniel Holdsworth