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Bo de la Cruz

Bo de la Cruz grew up in Darwin and started playing touch rugby at the age of twelve. She later went on to represent the Northern Territory and Australia in the under 18s touch team. De la Cruz is the first Indigenous woman to represent Australia at senior level in touch rugby and has been a part of the team that has won two world championships. She is dedicated to working with young Indigenous people and volunteers her time and expertise to many charities, events, schools and communities. De la Cruz also works as a Youth Worker with the non-profit organisation Balunu Foundation. 

Nathan Blacklock 

Nathan Blacklockis an Australian former professional rugby league and, briefly, rugby union footballer who played in the 1990s, and 2000s. An Australia national rugby league representative winger, he played for the Sydney City Roosters, the St. George Dragons before they merged to form the St. George Illawarra Dragons, with whom he continued playing, becoming the National Rugby League’s top try-scorer for three consecutive seasons from 1999 to 2001. Blacklock also played in Super League for English club, Hull F.C., with whom he won the 2005 Challenge Cup.

Chris Walker 

Chris Walker (born 27 February 1980) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 2000s, and 2010s. A Queensland State of Origin representative winger, he played his club football in the National Rugby League for the Brisbane Broncos, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm, Gold Coast Titans and Parramatta Eels. Walker also had a stint in Super League for French club Catalans Dragons.


Ashley Gordon

Ashley Gordon was an Indigenous Australian rugby league footballer for the Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers of the National Rugby League. He played at wing and fullback in the NRL and in 1990 was recognised as the best wing of the year winning the Dally M Winger Of The Year. 


Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker (born 22 November 1973 in Shoalhaven, New South Wales), is an indigenous Australian rugby footballer who represented his country in both rugby league and rugby union – a dual code international. Walker was the first dual code international to represent his country at rugby league before representing rugby union.

Hailing from Nowra, Walker began his career as a rugby union player for Randwick, where he played alongside Eddie Jones in their 1991 premiership-winning season. The following season he signed with NSWRL Premiership club St. George Dragons.


Glen Ella

Glen Ella (born 5 June 1959) is an Australian former rugby union player.Ella took up playing at Matraville High School, soon representing NSW in schoolboy rugby.[1][3]

He made his Test debut for Australia against Scotland at Ballymore Stadium in 1982. He played his second match in 1983 before making his final two appearances in 1985.In 2016, he was the back’s coach for the England team that toured Australia under coach Eddie Jones.


Solomon Haumono

Solomon Haumono (born 13 October 1975 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a New Zealand-born Australian professional boxer and former rugby league player of Tongan descent. He attended Newtown Boys High School, Newtown, New South Wales. He then went on to Christian Brothers’ High School, Lewisham and represented them in the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges Australian Schoolboys team 1993.


Kevin McGuinness

Kevin McGuinness (born 10 November 1976) is an Indigenous Australian retired professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He played for Salford City Reds in the UK Super League, the Western Suburbs Magpies, Wests Tigers and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) competition. His position of choice is at centre.

Ken McGuinness

Ken McGuinness (born 14 September 1975) is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He played club football for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys. His position of choice was at centre and he represented for New South Wales on five occasions.

Joe Williams 

Joe Williams (born 4 September 1983 in Cowra, New South Wales), an Indigenous Australian, is now a professional boxer following a brief career in rugby league. He was formally a footballer with the Bulldogs, Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League competition. He primarily played at halfback.

Leo Dynevor

Leo Dynevor (born 13 February 1974) was a rugby league footballer of the ’90s. He played for the London Broncos in 1996, the Newcastle Knights in 1997 and finally the Western Suburbs Magpies from 1998 to 1999.

Wes Patten

Wes Patten (born 17 February 1974) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s. He played for the Balmain Tigers, Gold Coast Chargers, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St. George Illawarra Dragons. Patten primarily played at half-back.

Patten now works as a reporter and sideline host for the Barefoot Rugby League Show on National Indigenous Television (NITV).Prior to this, He guested in Australian soap opera Home and Away in 1993 as student Kevin Baker and also acted in the Australian television show “Heartland”.


Mark McGaw

Mark McGaw is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s. He achieved national and state representative honours in the sport and following his retirement became one of the Gladiators in the Australian version of the TV show. McGaw’s usual position was at centre. McGaw is also the current coach of the North Sydney Bears SG Ball team for 2016.


Joel Thompson

Joel Thompson is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the St. George Illawarra Dragons of the National Rugby League. An Indigenous All stars and NSW Country Origin representative, Thompson primarily plays at second-row and centre. Thompson previously played for the Canberra Raiders between 2008 and 2013.

Sonia Mkoloma 

Sonia Mkoloma (born 17 January 1979) is an English international netball player. Mkoloma made her international debut for the English national team in 1999,[2] and during her career has competed at three Netball World Championships, three Commonwealth Games and two World Netball Series. In 2009, Mkoloma was part of the World 7 team, consisting of international players from England, Jamaica, Samoa as well as former Australian and New Zealand international players. In the domestic Netball Superleague she played with the Surrey Storm (formerly Brunel Hurricanes) with fellow England defender Geva Mentor.


Kyle Vander Kuyp

19 Sep 1998: Kyle Vander Kuyp of Australia in action in the 110m hurdles heats at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wilson /Allsport
Kyle Bernard Vander Kuyp (born 30 May 1971 in Paddington,[citation needed] a suburb of Sydney), is an indigenous Australian athlete of the Worimi and Yuin tribe of North and South Coast New South Wales. At 5 weeks of age, he was adopted by Pat and Ben Vander-Kuyp. 

Kyle bettered the Oceanian record in the 110 metres hurdles to 13.29 seconds at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics.

In addition he has competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, as well as the 1994, 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.


Latrell Mitchell

(born Latrell Goolagong; 16 June 1997) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays at fullback, wing and centre.

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