Traditional Indigenous Games
Hundreds of young people from a wide range of primary schools in Orange NSW are taking part in Traditional Indigenous Games (TIG) days and discovering that in Australia’s oldest sports, winning definitely comes behind fun, skill development and the celebration of Indigenous culture.
Young people are creating a new future for games established centuries ago by young men and women for enjoyment, and also to foster tribal spirit, and as a way for honing life skills. Revival and preservation of what remains is important, not only historically but because Indigenous Games now work for fitness, friendship and sharing across Australia’s many cultures.
Jason French (NSW Office Sport & Recreation) and Katrina Hausia (OCC Youth Development Officer) are running another TIG Day as part of the Orange Youth Art Festival’s Primary Schools Challenge event. Last years event saw over 400 students partake from all over Orange. Once again, NSW Office of Sport & Recreation will conduct a series of TIG mentor/training workshops for students who will then be responsible for managing each of the 20 plus sports and activity stations featured as part of the event.
“Indigenous Games are about bridging the gap, creating links between city and rural, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, past and present, young and old,” said Kelly Samanc, sports coordinator at Goodooga Central School in a small, isolated rural community in north-western NSW, some 45 minutes from Lightning Ridge.
The workshops align well with PDHPE’s practical unit of Indigenous games, and help students to increase their own confidence and understanding of Indigenous sports. Students also also increase their level of cultural awareness. Each year young mentors put into practice what they learn through training, and perform their tasks with great diligence and professionalism.
The TIG event is about celebrating culture and creating social harmony, and although trophies are presented to the teams scoring the highest points, there is a non-competitive atmosphere. Fair Play is the greatest award and honour.
For more information about Traditional Indigenous Games contact
Jason French and Katrina Hausia using the conatct details below
Aboriginal Sports Development Officer
Sport and Recreation | Office of Sport | Department of Premier and Cabinet
Cnr Byng and McNamara Street
PO Box 381Orange
P: 6362 6623
Youth Development Officer
Orange City Council - HACC Centre
286 Lords Place Orange NSW 2800
T: 6393 8966 I M: 0438 274 909
F: 63698969 I E: