ECU’s Indigenous sports team gears up for Indigenous Uni Games in Brisbane

ECU’s Indigenous sports team gears up for Indigenous Uni Games in Brisbane

MIDLAND nursing student Ahmi Narkle will take her Edith Cowan University Indigenous sports team to the 2016 Indigenous Uni Games in Brisbane this week.

Team Captain Narkle, who was instrumental in getting the first ECU team together in 2009, will travel with her 10 teammates and compete in netball, basketball, touch rugby and volleyball, in the hope of being crowned the champions of the weeklong event.

She said the team had been training for the past four months to get ready for the games.

“We’ve been playing scratch matches against the other universities in WA, getting practice and making friends too,” she said.

“My goal has been to have this event cemented on the student calendar, so that teams from ECU can continue to participate in the games for years to come, giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students the full university experience.”

The team’s uniforms feature a design created for the ECU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student union by Aboriginal artist Kevin Bynder.

Narkle’s brother, Christopher Narkle, who is an ECU law student, will also be playing in the team.

She said the team were looking forward to the competition.

“We’re probably most excited and confident about netball. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring home the netball cup,” she said.

The 21st Annual National Indigenous Tertiary Student Games will run until Friday July 1.