2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of National Reconciliation Week with the theme being #lnThisTogether something that is resonating with all Australians at this time.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Cricket NSW is committed to playing its part in reconciliation, to help shape a state built on strong and trusting relationships.
Cricket Connecting Country is the theme of the Cricket Australia Action Plan and we believe that cricket, as a sport, can continue to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our vision for reconciliation is Cricket Connecting Country, uniting and inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians to find common ground and thrive through cricket.
Through a range of initiatives, Cricket NSW is aiming to promote cultural awareness throughout our community whilst providing a cricket pathway for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Cricket (in NSW) Connecting Country
Sport, Health, Opportunities & Wellbeing (SHOW) Camps – we are proud to work alongside the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group to host interactive career workshops and cricket activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and boys from across NSW.
National Indigenous Cricket Championships – each year NSW contests the women’s and men’s national event. The NSW Women’s team has won an astonishing 13 straight titles with the NSW Men’s team winning the last three in a row.
T20 Cup – Cricket NSW is proud to have hosted the first-ever T20 Cup for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in 2019, contested by Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.
Awareness & Education – through WBBL and BBL fixtures and our grassroots programs, we are committed to showcasing the culture and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Cricket NSW CEO, Lee Germon, highlighted the importance of Cricket Connecting Country and cricket's role in helping connect all people in Australia.
“We want cricket to be a sport for all and see our sport as a way to connect people,” Germon said.
“Cricket is a sport with a wonderful history and an important historical connection to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who formed the first organised cricket (and any sporting) team to tour overseas in 1868.
“Cricket Connecting Country is a hugely important plan and we know that cricket can traverse boundaries and connect people. Reconciliation week enables a focus on this without losing sight of the fact that we should be striving to connect all people in our country every day.
“Sport, and cricket, has a role to play and Cricket NSW welcomes the opportunity to be a part of this.”