The Binit Binit Learning Community gathered on Victoria Park to celebrate NAIDOC Week on Friday, and the Hume Tennis Club decided to take part in the festivities.
While the live performances were taking place on the oval across the road, Participation Leader for NSW Tennis Brendan Lee was taking local schoolchildren through tennis drills, much to the kids’ amusement.
Lee, though new to his role with Tennis NSW, is aware of the importance of sporting programs which have pertinence to Indigenous communities like Friday’s event.
“It’s such a good opportunity for all sports, not just tennis, to come out here and showcase what we’ve got in the region and what we’re doing, not just in Yass but across the whole region,” Lee said.
“[Making tennis more available to Indigenous communities is] definitely something Tennis NSW is focusing on, and there’s been such great Indigenous stars in the past, you know, for example Evonne Goolagong from this area.
“It’s great that tennis can be here and showcase that and try to create the next Evonne Goolagong.”
The tennis club was one of many sporting clubs which took to the field on Friday to support the initiative from the Binit Binit Learning Community, including the Sydney Thunder, the Raiders, the GWS Giants, the Brumbies, and many more.