The Wellington Wedgetails will be attending this year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival, thanks to support from Squadron Energy.
Written by Squadron Energy |
A sponsorship from the Uungula Wind Farm team will help with accommodation and playing gear for the youth teams so they can attend the largest annual Indigenous sporting event in the state.
Squadron Energy’s Head of Development Services Matthew Flower said he was excited to be supporting a team to participate in such a significant event that provides huge benefits to the local community.
“We are always looking for ways to support local communities where our projects are based, and this sponsorship will not only benefit the players and their local community, but also celebrates the culture of Australia’s First Nations Peoples,” Mr Flower said.
Wellington Wedgetails Team Manager Marsha Hill said this year they will be taking four teams to compete in the open Men's and Women’s as well as two youth sides to compete in the Under 13s and 17s.
“It is a huge cost for our teams to participate and, being such a small community, we heavily depend on sponsorship to be able to attend. We are so grateful for Squadron Energy’s support,” Ms Hill said.
“Wellington is a small community, and for our youths to be able to attend something like this is definitely an eye opener for these young people.
“Wellington has always showcased a lot of potential in this sporting field, with many NRL players coming from our community. This sponsorship means a lot to us. We are so proud, and the teams are full of optimism because they will be representing their own family, community and tribal area the Wiradjuri Peoples.”
Also referred to as the ‘Koori Knockout’, this huge sporting event has been running for more than 50 years and attracts over 30,000 people across the state, including over 3,500 players.
This year’s carnival is being hosted by the winning 2022 Knockout team, the Newcastle All Blacks on the Central Coast at Tuggerah for four days over the October long weekend, from Friday 29 September to Monday 2 October 2023.