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Bourke and Walgett youth stand tall at PCYC camp

The Bourke PCYC Nations of Origin group - back l-r: Braith Kelly, Shane Knight, Jeleall Suckling, Landon Burford, Tyrese Gibbs, Connor Rose, and Bourke PCYC General Manager George Dickson. Front: Jarryn Moore, Eric Dixon, Neil Johnson, Blake Barker, and Tara Brookman (absent Tiona Gibbs and Rasheda Orcher-Smith). Photo TWH

Nations of Origin

Eleven Bourke and Walgett youngsters had the experience of a lifetime when they joined the ‘Nations of Origin’ leadership camp at Penrith last week.

The group took part in one of the PCYC’s most significant personal development camps for a week of training, culture, education, and friendship.

They even had the chance to be in the crowd at Accor Stadium to watch NSW’s thrilling win in Game 3 of the NRL State of Origin series.

Bourke PCYC General Manager, George Dickson, said he was impressed with the youngsters’ behaviour and willingness to learn from the experience and said he hoped it would be a regular part of the PCYC’s development programs.

Each year around 1,400 Indigenous youths represent their Aboriginal Nation in rugby league, football fives, basketball, netball, and gymnastics to promote community harmony and to celebrate Australia’s diverse Indigenous culture.

“The kids we took had rugby league sevens as their chosen sport, with the two girls representing the Gamilaroi nation in Walgett and our boys representing Ngemba in Bourke,” George said.

“We went for a week, with two days of footy as well as the development program which aims to develop a sense of who they are and where they come from. […]

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