Designed by renowned Indigenous artist Alara Geebung (Cameron) around the theme of ‘Coming Together’, the Sharks have unveiled their 2020 Indigenous jersey.
To be worn in their round 12 match against the Broncos, the specially created design aimed at bringing people and communities together, with the Sharks 2020 Indigenous Jersey an intricate artwork and a direct reconnection to the ways of “our old people”, as well as an illustration representing a oneness with mother nature and equanimity of mind.
“Most importantly I use art as a healing tool through stories of the ways of our old people,” Alara said. “Not only does it help me to heal, but it helps others through my work as a youth worker and AOD/Mental Health worker in the community, as well as anyone else I get the opportunity to share with on my travels.”
The design team at Dynasty Sport, the Club’s apparel partners in 2020, worked closely with the Sharks and Alara to ensure all elements of the 2020 jersey design were represented and respectfully portrayed across the on-field playing kit and related merchandise items.
Dynasty Sport Managing Director, Tyler Rakich is confident it’s a jersey both the Sharks playing group and fans will be extremely proud of.
“Alara is an incredibly talented artist and we have very much enjoyed working with the Coming Together artwork to create a stunning garment for what is a very special round on the National Rugby League calendar,” Rakich said.
The Sharks jersey is intricate in its design, featuring night sky spirit animals in representing and paying tribute to the players totems and the oneness between spirit and sky to land and sea.
As a connection between both cultures the Southern Cross as a symbol of Australia, through dreamtime stories told by the nation’s first peoples and widely respected by the wider community, is also highlighted on the jersey, as is the Shark, a natural predator that understands the requirement to be a leader in openness and equanimity.
The Shark welcomes all from other regions into his home (the club) as the meeting place. The Seashells represent “Kurranulla” the home of the Sharks, while the blue lines represent the water current and the ever-changing flow of nature.
The moon “Grandma” is shining across the jersey with her loving, calming rays, while the border represents Cronulla’s iconic sand dunes.
The Sharks 2020 Indigenous Jersey will be available for a two-week pre-order window starting today through the Sharks Store on-line.
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