First Nations footballer and artist Channy Mitchell has been commissioned to design the guernsey which will be worn by all sporting teams at the college. It will be unveiled next month (May) to coincide with college’s First Nations sporting rounds.
Recently Channy, 22, met with the sports team leaders to get their input on what is important to them, so that the design captures the ethos of the school.
“I have been chatting with the boys about what they want to represent on the guernsey and I’ve also been sharing about my culture and what the use of lines and dots mean for my tribe,” the proud Barkindji woman said.
From Mildura, Channy said she began painting about four years ago and loves “getting to tell a story through artwork”.
She started playing football when she was 18 and is now part of the Woodville-West Torrens team in the SANFLW competition. Her love of football has led to her being commissioned to painting artwork on a special football for the SANFLW Indigenous round and designing an Indigenous guernsey for the Richmond AFLW team.
CBC director of People, Culture and Community Engagement David Couzner, who is involved with the Woodville West Torrens Football Club, said the CBC Indigenous guernsey initiative was an important part of the college’s Reconciliation Action Plan which aims to raise the cultural awareness of First Nations peoples.
“Channy is helping to guide the college through the important process of cultural awareness, understanding education and design and we are very excited to see the finished product,” he said.