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To mark the one year anniversary of the ARU's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Indigenous Qantas Australian Women's Sevens player Mahalia Murphy visited Shalvey Public School in Western Sydney earlier in May.
Students participated in a Deadly 7s session which is an ARU
program aimed at increasing Indigenous rugby participation in primary schools
that was launched in 2016. By driving investment into the Deadly 7’s Primary
School Program, the ARF can continue to support this program which aligns with
the national school curriculum. It is designed specifically to provide the
first taste of rugby to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school
boys and girls across Australia currently completing Year 5 or Year 6.
The Deadly 7s program which was rolled
out in the middle of 2016, is focused on promoting the importance of attending
school and gaining a good quality education. It also educates the boys and
girls on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, teamwork and connecting
with their culture. The target for first year of implementation was 400
participants. Successfully however, the program reached a massive 2,426
Indigenous children in first six months of operation.