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Nations of Origin returns after two-year hiatus

PCYC Nations of Origin will make a highly anticipated return to the Rugby League calendar tomorrow at five venues in northern NSW following a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The multi-faceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program, which runs over four days from 5-8 October, brings together nearly 1500 young Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from around NSW for tournaments in Rugby League, Football 5s, Netball, Basketball and Gymnastics.

The PCYC Nations of Origin program requires behavioural school and attendance attendance standards with the concept designed to encourage youth to celebrate Australia’s diverse indigenous culture.   

The Rugby League component will run for two days from tomorrow (5-6 October). It will feature 39 teams taking part in Under 16s male and female competitions at the Lakeside Sports Complex in Raymond Terrace. Other sporting events will be held at Salamander Bay, Newcastle, Nelson Bay and Maitland.

“Each year I am impressed by this amazing celebration of Australia’s indigenous culture and its deep impact on our nation,” PCYC NSW CEO Dominic Teakle said.

“In participating and representing their country, each team epitomises the themes of Reconciliation Australia to Be Brave and Make Change.

“This event is life-changing, as it reinforces the objectives of our strategy by bringing together PCYC, Police and the community to play hard and fair, and to pay our respect to the elders whose custodianship of the land and culture gave us the legacy we enjoy today.”

Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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