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Connecting with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to learn more about the differing cultures, lands, history and people

The Share a Yarn initiative aims to provide Australian Elite Athletes with meaningful opportunities to connect and build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) communities, and learn more about the differing cultures, lands, histories, and people within them.

It aims to provide a platform for athletes to then share these learnings and advocate within the sporting community, and wider Australian community.

To Share a Yarn is to encourage collaborative, respectful, and honest communication between participants; building trust, fostering accountability, and providing a safe place to listen and learn.

#InThisTogether

Through programs like #ShareAYarn, we are committed to our reconciliation journey for all Australians. We recognise the outstanding contribution Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders have made, and continue to make to sport. We denounce racism in any form #InThisTogether.

Closing the Gap Day - 18 March

Janice Blackman

She has one the most infectious laughs in Australian sport, but AIS Share A Yarn Ambassador Janice Blackman has some powerful messages on National Close the Gap Day, March 18.

Preparing for her Olympic debut in Tokyo, Janice is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Gubbi Gubbi and Badtjala Tribes, in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland. The Australia softballer is also a passionate ambassador for Share a Yarn, an AIS program aimed at creating meaningful connections between sport and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures.

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Program outcomes

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Athlete Ambassadors have increased knowledge of the traditional owners of Australia, the land, their history, and their culture

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Initiative encourages and supports organisations/initiatives in the community aiming to close the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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Initiative encourages and supports change in the sporting system in Australia for better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Athletes

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Athlete Ambassadors share learnings as a role model in the Australian community

2021 Athlete Ambassadors

The athlete ambassadors selected for Share a Yarn are a mix of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) athletes and non-ATSI athletes and will be involved for a 12 month period, which includes community visits, remaining in contact and supporting communities through online video messaging, community event appearances and sharing their learning back to their sport.

Share a Yarn Map

The AIS Share a Yarn Initiative presents the Share a Yarn Map as a resource for High-Performance sport; to facilitate learning, and a respect for the traditional owners of the land in which the system operates and athletes train and compete.

Share a Yarn Map

Contact:

For further information about this program or opportunities to be involved please contact athleteappearances@sportaus.gov.au

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