Kimberley Spirit Camp

Kimberley Spirit Camp

Over the Labour day long weekend Garnduwa held its Kimberley Spirit U19’s camp in Broome. With 24 of the Kimberley’s best aspiring footballers all the way from Kununurra to Balgo and across to Bidyadanga, the 3-day camp was a jam packed success.

After a big day of travel, the players arrived in Broome on Friday night ready for a welcome feed and a good night’s sleep at the St Mary’s Clontarf Student Rooms.

An early start on Saturday morning meant the players were ready for a full day of workshops at the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre. All kitted out in their new Kimberley Spirit Apparel, the team welcomed staff from Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, Headspace Broome and the Aboriginal Legal Service for a series of educational workshops on mental and physical wellbeing, and some the responsibilities of up and coming footballers.

After a healthy lunch prepped earlier by the players, Claremont Football Club’s Talent Manager Warren Parker presented information on how to progress through the talent pathways to WAFL football at Claremont and hopefully into the AFL. Warren spoke about the different opportunities for Indigenous players in the Kimberley, as well as the various challenges of moving to Perth and playing professionally with the Claremont FC. He encouraged the players to chase their dreams, but keep in mind the importance of independence and responsibility on and off the field.

Saturday night saw players and staff get together for the Kimberley Spirit Sponsors dinner hosted by the Mercure hotel, where Head Coach Nathan Smith presented players with their game jumpers.

Coming as no surprise, the Kimberley Spirit game was the camp highlight for the budding AFL players. This year, the West Kimberley Football League pulled together a team of U21 All-stars to go head to head with the Kimberley Spirit U19’s. In a tightly contested game Kimberley Spirit got over the line with a win, with Conrad Williams from Kununurra taking home the Kiefer Yu medal for best on ground.

As always, we would like to thank our sponsor Healthway, who support us to deliver the message that our young people are ‘Smarter Than Smoking’. We would also like to thank Marjarlin and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the ongoing support.

We would like to thank Warren Parker from the Claremont FC for making the trip up from Perth, and for all the ongoing support leading up to, and during the camp.

And also to all the local organisations and people that make the Kimberley Spirit Cup a success year after year:

-          Paul Tobin, Aboriginal Legal Service

-          Zac Cox, Brett Ingram, Tonchi McIntosh, Ryan Atkinson, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council

-          Dave Mascall, Headspace Broome

-          Craig Kelmar, Mercure Hotel Broome

-          Eamon Rice, WA Football Commission

-          East Kimberley Football League

-          Claremont Football Club

-          Clontarf Academy Broome

And finally to all the volunteers who came down to assist with the Game between Kimberley Spirit U19s & WKFL U21 All Stars

If you would like to get involved in the Kimberley Spirit program, feel free to drop in to any of our Garnduwa hubs or offices, or give us a call on (08) 9195 5752.