NAIDOC Week 2017

The Collingwood Football Club was privileged to have Uncle Kevin Coombs visit the club during NAIDOC Week 2017.

Uncle Kevin Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympic competitor and spoke at the club about his time as a wheelchair basketballer and athlete, who competed at five Paralympics, including the first Paralympic Games in 1960.

Debby Lovett, Uncle Kevin Coombs & Janine Coombs

Uncle Kevin Coombs & Debby Lovett

Aunty Di Kerr
& Debby Lovett

NAIDOC Week 2016

In 2016, Collingwood Football Club celebrated Indigenous Australians with the club’s first NAIDOC event.

The club held an afternoon tea with bush tucker food, Aboriginal art activities by Yarn Strong Sista, a Welcome to Country by Aunty Di Kerr and speeches by then CEO Gary Pert and The Barrawarn Program’s Ambassador, Travis Varcoe.

With guests including Collingwood staff, players, the AFLPA, community members as well as program and government partners, it was a great afternoon full of yarns and laughs.