Ms JODIE HARRISON (Charlestown—Minister for Women, Minister for Seniors, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault)— When the Super Netball League continued its First Nations round on the first weekend in June, it was with artwork designed by Charlestown local and proud Gamilaroi woman Krystal Dallinger.
Krystal designed the league's artwork, known as "Gather as One", which featured an emu, goanna and kangaroo to represent past Elders, and present and emerging leaders, showcased with a custom match ball, umpire uniforms and centre circle design.
To pursue her beloved netball, Krystal moved to Newcastle with her mum in 2017. Supported by Home in Place's Grow a Star scholarship, Krystal's sporting prowess was soon identified by the Hunter Academy of Sport and then retired netballing superstar Sam Poolman's Aspire Netball program.
Krystal suffered a bad ankle injury, and while recovering in a moon boot, turned her hand to painting. Sam Poolman kept her in the Aspire program during her recovery and, thankful for the opportunity, Krystal designed and painted a hat as a thank you gift.
Krystal's talent is absolutely inspiring, and it's wonderful to see our First Nations supported and celebrated in sport. Congratulations to Krystal for achievements, both sporting and artistic, and thanks to Sam for supporting young sportswomen.
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