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Bulldog's confirm 2021 Indigenous Youth Summit representatives

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have rewarded Dylan Kao, Tiana-Lee Thorne, Veronika Christophorou and Zachary Moore to represent the club at the 2021 NRL Indigenous Youth Summit on 25-29 May in the lead up to Round 12's Indigenous Round.

Proud indigenous players Adam Elliott and Chris Smith were on hand to present the participants with Bulldog's polo shirts in honour of their achievement.

The four representatives were selected from the NRL's School to Work program, which supports and encourages Year 11 and Year 12 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students to complete their schooling and successfully transition into further education or employment.

All candidates are highly aspirational and have demonstrated their commitment to study, connection to culture, willingness to learn and leadership qualities.

Chris Smith & Adam Elliott pose with the Bulldog's Youth Summit delegates
Chris Smith & Adam Elliott pose with the Bulldog's Youth Summit delegates

NRL School to Work officer Robyn Pelle highlighted the great opportunity awaiting the delegates.

"They're in for a fantastic time, it's an opportunity to connect more with culture. To learn more about themselves, reflect on where they come from, their mob, their community and their family,"

"To build their confidence, their self esteem and make friends and have loads of fun, it's a really great opportunity."

Tiana-Lee Thorne receives her polo shirt from Bulldogs forward Chris Smith
Tiana-Lee Thorne receives her polo shirt from Bulldogs forward Chris Smith

One of the representatives Zachary Moore, was elated to be selected to represent his family and school for the Indigenous Youth Summit at the end of the month.

"It feels pretty good. I haven't done something like this before so it will be a good experience," said the School to Work participant.

Moore is looking forward to building his network and learning more about his culture at the upcoming summit.

If you would like to be a part of the program, or would like more information please contact NRL School to Work Project Officer, Robyn Pelle rpelle@nrl.com.au