The Sea Eagles Round 12, NRL fixture against the Penrith Panthers will see the Brookvale based club run out wearing a specially created 2020 Indigenous Jersey which pays tribute to the organisations spiritual home.
The Sea Eagles 2020 Indigenous Jersey has been designed by well-known Indigenous artist Lee Hampton.
“The son of a "Stolen Generation Mother", I have begun a journey of self-discovery and along with my Children, I am looking to learn more about my people and our culture.”
Lee's artwork featured on the 2020 MWSE Indigenous Jersey.
Lee has drawn inspiration for his own artworks from some of Australia’s most celebrated indigenous artists, admitting artistic flair and passion for story telling through paintings, originally started as a hobby.
“My Urban styled Aboriginal Art began in March 2014, as a hobby and a way for me to relax and connect to my inner spirit. It progressed from Football boots and motor bike helmets into jersey designs and original art pieces.”
“I hope you enjoy my art and hope I can encourage others to be more expressive and prouder of where they come from, as we all have a unique story to tell. Always remember that your dreams are never too far away if you believe in them, and your goals are never too high to reach. Society will not hand it to you. You have to go get it.”
Hampton worked in consultation with Poche, the Indigenous Health Network and alongside club legends and proud indigenous representatives Cliff Lyons and Mal Cochrane to design the 2020 Indigenous Jersey.
Indigenous Artist Lee Hampton and club legend Cliff Lyons with the 2020 Sea Eagles Indigenous Jersey.
"While I am a fan of last year’s jersey, this year has gone another step above, I love it." Lyons said.
The large blue circular design feature positioned in the bottom right corner of the jersey represents the Manly district and Brookvale, with its tentacles and tributaries reaching far beyond, embracing fans across the country.
At the centre of the circle is a map of the Manly/Warringah/Pittwater districts. There are also seventeen lines, one for each of the warriors selected to represent the 2020 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the NRL each week.
The carefully dotted lines also represent the journeys undertaken indigenous players, past and present who have proudly represented the Manly club and their peoples. At the end of each journey, the players communities and grass roots footy are depicted. It is in essence, the starting point, from where the rugby league adventure begins for all first nations players.
The Club’s indigenous players are stand outs in their respective communities, supported and adored by their family, friends and peers.
The footprints signify, that that while they come from different places, background and mobs, our first nations players are all connected, they are brothers, forever bonded by their culture, and by their connection to the Sea Eagles.
The flashes of white represent their broader communities getting behind and supporting the players and their dreams of becoming respected community leaders. They stand along the banks of the rivers and fields to watch them, showing unwavering support.
The large white area running through to God's Country represents the legions of fans who continually flock to Brookvale oval, watching each week as the players progress from community football to rugby leagues biggest stage as representatives of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.
The Dynasty Sport design team worked closely with the Sea Eagles, to produce a garment which represented and respectfully portrayed the Club’s indigenous community.
“At a time where the spotlight is firmly fixed on Indigenous affairs and welfare across the globe, we are truly honoured to have worked with the Sea Eagles to create a garment which pays tribute to the Clubs first nations players, past and present”. Dynasty Sport Managing Director, Tyler Rakich said.
The Dynasty Sport team pride themselves on providing exemplary levels of service whilst providing the highest quality on and off field garments to sports teams here in Australia and across New Zealand.
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