Have you seen those boots?
Friday 1 February 2013 5:00 PM
It is not often you watch a Rugby League match and footwear is the hot topic but at this year’s fourth annual Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match spare a second to admire the boots on Bulldogs representatives Ben Barba and Joel Romelo which have been hand painted by local Koori artist Daren Dunn.
Daren joined Ben and Joel at training before the pair ventured to the airport to take part in the inaugural NRL Indigenous Players Camp on the Sunshine Coast ahead of going in to camp for the Indigenous All Stars team to present the pair with their incredibly detailed hand painted boots.
Ben was also presented with a 1.1m unique artwork featuring his family name and the name of his two daughters Bronte and Bodhi. Ben was very humbled to say the least.
The concept for Daren’s artwork is part of a larger program called “Get Black on Your Feet” which Daren runs with hundreds of kids across NSW.
Daren’s association with the Bulldogs came about through the Learn Earn Legend! School to Work (S2W) Program which was developed to create pathways to successful careers for Aboriginal students in years 11 and 12 in participating schools across Western Sydney.
Two students from the Bulldogs School to Work program are about to embark on the week of a lifetime at the second annual All Stars Youth Summit. The students will arrive in Brisbane on Tuesday, February 5, for mentoring and life skills workshops with the both the Indigenous All Stars and NRL All Stars team members.
Activities for the students will include physical challenges, career-advice training and job interview sessions, as well as attending the All Stars Community Festival and DEEWR Learn Earn Legend! Jobs Expo (February 8). They will also play a role in the pre-match entertainment at Suncorp Stadium before the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game which will be played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, February 9.