Not many people would be aware of Andrea’s sporting background. …

Comment on NPY women forging their path to change by John Bell.

Not many people would be aware of Andrea’s sporting background. Andrea was one of the first two Aboriginal athletes to be awarded a residential scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in 1981.
Australian netball coach Wilma Shakespeare saw great talent in this South Australian teenager, selecting her with Marcia Ella from NSW.
While on scholarship, Andrea and Marcia worked for the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation in the suburb of Woden in Canberra.
Two happy, brilliant, caring young ladies who had the sporting world at their feet and who at the same time demonstrated remarkable strength of character.
Then when a devastating training accident on the court wrecked Andrea’s knee and her career before it had begun, her sporting dream came crashing down.
Marcia went on to netball greatness for team Australia before retiring and giving her life to caring for her community.
For Andrea, it could have been the end, but it proved to be just the beginning.
With the same strength of character and single-minded determination that she showed on the court, Andrea returned home to SA, put her head down and went for it in the community. To where she is today.
On the board of the NASF at the time Andrea worked in its office was a fellow South Aussie, Faith Thomas, Australia’s first Aboriginal cricket player to play test cricket, the NASF female Member for SA.
Faith is to be honoured by Cricket Australia in the upcoming test series in 2017.
Andrea is following off the field in Faith’s groundbreaking footsteps. And in step with Marcia. Three wonderful, utterly amazing women, perfect role models for all young Aussie girls in sport and in the community.
As the New Year dawns, they are living proof that if you believe, you can – and will – achieve.

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