In a momentous step towards reconciliation and inclusivity, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has unveiled a captivating First Nations artwork titled "Kinship." Created by two-time Olympic and Commonwealth Games boxer, Brad Hore, who takes great pride in his Dunghutti heritage, this custom artwork marks a significant milestone for the ASC's commitment to fostering diversity and unity within the sporting community. Kinship symbolizes the ASC's vision that sport embraces individuals from all backgrounds, while also delivering exceptional results that make Australia proud. Mr. Hore's artistic journey began at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) campus in Canberra, where he immersed himself in the essence of the ASC's mission. Here, he identified the key themes that would form the foundation of the artwork. Seeking to create a masterpiece that resonated with all First Nations Australians, Mr. Hore embarked on a transformative trip to Thursday Island. There, he had the privilege of learning from Torres Strait Islander Elders, ensuring that the artwork genuinely represented the rich tapestry of cultures across the nation.
Kinship, an artwork brimming with profound symbolism, serves as a powerful representation of the ASC's role in leading, supporting, and providing opportunities for all communities to engage in sports. Mr. Hore explains that at the heart of the artwork lies a meeting place for junior athletes, with footsteps extending towards both women and men in the sporting realm. The inclusion of Torres Strait Islander art signifies the ebb and flow of athletes within the system, while the handprint embodies the identity of every athlete entering this transformative journey.
The ASC has long been committed to developing pathways, celebrating diversity, and achieving success beyond the realm of sports. Kinship, as an embodiment of this vision, beautifully captures the essence of the ASC's multifaceted approach. By acknowledging the contributions of First Nations Australians and embracing their culture, the ASC reinforces its dedication to creating an inclusive sporting landscape that transcends mere athletic achievements.
Erik Wilson, the ASC's Indigenous Liaison Officer and a proud Walbunja man, emphasizes the significance of Kinship in breaking down barriers. This captivating artwork not only welcomes and provides a warm context for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors at the AIS Campus in Canberra but also serves as a powerful statement of the ASC's acknowledgment and embrace of all communities across Australia. The ASC recognizes the importance of fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and respected.
The ASC's First Nations artwork, Kinship, will find its place across the AIS campus in Canberra, the AIS' European Training Centre in Italy, as well as the ASC's Melbourne and Sydney offices. This inclusive artwork will grace signage, uniforms, online platforms, and AIS publications, serving as a constant reminder of the ASC's commitment to unity, diversity, and inclusivity.
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