Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have played traditional games for thousands of years, and have achieved distinction in organised sports since the mid-nineteenth century. Many of these sporting heroes have attracted the attention of creative writers who have recorded their achievements in forms such as fiction, poetry, biography and drama.
And, of course, there is the theory that the form of AFL football originated from a game played by local Aboriginal people around Melbourne.
This trail presents some of the information in BlackWords about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sportspeople. Some of these stories celebrate great sporting achievements, but others also examine the cultural obstacles that Indigenous sportspeople have faced throughout history. Some items can be viewed online and others will be accessible at your local library or bookshop.
This trail is by no means comprehensive, and so we encourage you to look for more examples in your library or online and to explore BlackWords and AustLit further.