The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has today launched their ninth annual Indigenous Round with the unveiling of the 2020 St.George Queensland Reds Indigenous jersey which will be worn in Saturday’s Round 10 Vodafone Super Rugby AU match against the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium.
The Brumbies will also play in their Indigenous jersey in what will be the first time two Australian teams will wear their respective Indigenous jerseys in a Super Rugby match.
QRU Indigenous Program Ambassadors Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty and Brandon Paenga-Amosa all proudly showed off the unique jersey designed by QRU Future Indigenous Leaders Program (FILP) graduate Shelly Booth.
“When I started to paint it (Reds Indigenous jersey artwork), I was thinking about my family because I was in Townsville at the time and my family were all in Woorie,” said Shelly.
“I was nervous because it was my first painting. After I finished it, I was really proud of how it turned out, and even though I was far away from my family it helped me feel more connected to them in a way.”
Dynasty Sport Managing Director Tyler Rakich said: “This year’s Queensland Reds Indigenous Jersey is an absolute stand out.
“Shelly’s connection to her family is evident and certainly assisted in the production of a stunning jersey, which we are confident Reds fans will absolutely love.
“As a QRU Future Indigenous Leaders Program (FLIP) graduate, we are absolutely thrilled to have Shelly’s work featured on this year’s jersey and congratulate the QRU on a fantastic Indigenous initiative with FILP assisting students in the Cherbourg and Woorabinda communities,” said Rakich.
The FILP is a mentoring program the QRU runs in the communities of Cherbourg and Woorabinda where students in Years 6-10 with leadership potential are identified and offered mentoring and support from QRU mentors.
FILP students are encouraged to submit artwork to appear on the St.George Queensland Reds Indigenous Round jersey each year with one student’s artwork awarded the winning design.
The Queensland Rugby Union Future Indigenous Leaders Program and also the Reds Indigenous Round is made possible through the support of Rio Tinto.
Saturday’s Indigenous Round match will also see the awarding of the Frank Ivory Medal to the Reds’ player of the match. The medal is named after Queensland's first Indigenous player.
The St.George Queensland Reds play the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday 5 September at 7:15pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Kayo. Tickets available via reds.rugby