NAIDOC Week, which is held in the first week of July, is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and recognises the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.
One member of the Bulldogs Holden Cup Squad – Zac Saddler, was invited to attend the NAIDOC celebratory assembly at Chipping Norton Public School two weeks ago. Zac grew up in Wagga Wagga, and his father is Aboriginal, hailing from Lake Cargelligo.
At the assembly, Zac presented Australian of the Year awards to the winners, as well as awards to school students who were inclusive, respectful and caring. Following this, Mrs Shelley Diamond, the principal of Chipping Norton Public School, interviewed Zac about his Aboriginal family background, what being Aboriginal means to him and what it was like growing up in Wagga. She also touched on what his goals are for a future career in the NRL.
Shelley Diamond said “it was delightful to see that this young man understands the potential of being a role model as a footballer, a proud Koori and a community leader”.
“Attending the ceremony was a great experience. I enjoyed my time at the school, interacting with teachers, students and parents, and sharing my Aboriginal family’s history”. “It was a humbling experience for myself and hopefully I can do more things like this in the future” said Zac.
The Bulldogs Wellbeing and Education team would like to thank Chipping Norton Public School for the opportunity given to Zac during NAIDOC week.