Martu children tackle Rugby (WA)

Ngurra Kujungka and Rugby WA have once again joined forces to offer another sport to the communities of the Western Desert.

Two Rugby WA development officers — Doug Kidgell and Rhydian Lewis — along with Ngurra Kujungka’s assistant Charley Gregorio, travelled to Punmu, Kunawarritji and Kiwirrkurra in the last week of October as part of Ngurra Kujungka’s Multisports Program, proudly sponsored by the Department of Sport and Recreation and Newcrest Mining.

On their first stop the Rugby WA guys were met by an excited bunch of about 30 Punmu children.

Punmu children had fun learning new skills from the Rugby WA visit.
Punmu children had fun learning new skills from the Rugby WA visit.

It was decided to split the group into two units, a younger group of 5-10 year-olds and an older group of 10-years and older, and run some fun “introduction to rugby” sessions followed by some juicy slices of fruit and water, all supplied by Charley.

The day ended with an after-school session for those very keen to develop their skills.

Next stop was Kunawarritji, where 8 students ranging in ages from 5 to 15 years, were waiting with much enthusiasm. Their attitude made it easy for the Rugby WA representatives to deliver more fun and challenging, introductory rugby skills sessions to the students.

Ngurra Kujungka’s Charley Gregorio reported that the Kunawarritji kids really enjoyed themselves and were happy learning new skills.

Kunawarraitji Kids with Doug and Rhydian from Rugby WA
Kunawarritji Kids with Doug and Rhydian from Rugby WA

The last stop and possibly the biggest turn-out during this visit was at Kiwirrkurra. More than 30 students and teachers participated in the sessions. Again, Doug and Rhydian spilt the group and, because the students were older, the Rugby WA team were able to present training in different drills, and games times that lasted longer.

The Rugby WA boys were impressed by how quickly the students developed their skills in just a day, and most of them stayed on to also enjoy the after-school session.

We thank TJ, Kiwirrkurra Sports Coordinator for organising a BBQ where everyone relaxed and had a great time.

On their way back to Telfer Doug, Rhydian and Charley dropped in to Punmu and ran a final session for the younger students and teachers, which was greatly appreciated by all.

Many thanks are extended to Charley Gregorio from Ngurra Kujungka, and Doug Kidgell and Rhydian Lewis from Rugby WA for their valuable time and big efforts in spreading the rugby ‘word’ in the Western Desert.

Some of the Kiwirrkurra children who enjoyed the Rugby WA visit.
Some of the Kiwirrkurra children who enjoyed the Rugby WA visit.

The Ngurra Kujungka Multisport program is not possible without the support of the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), and the Martu communities of the Western Desert.

 

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