My AFL career spanned over 12 years with the Brisbane lions and the Fremantle Dockers, earning a premiership with the Brisbane Lions before making a switch back home to WA. Currently I am the CEO/Director for Spartan First, which is an indigenous occupational health provider that can provide an expert, end to end service to industry and government. Community engagement and empowering our youth has given me fantastic opportunities to represent some amazing organisations in ambassadorial roles such as MADALAH.
Jordin is a proud Nimanburr woman and traditional owner from Broome Western Australia with ancestral ties to Yawuru, Djugun, Nyul Nyul and Bardi families in the Mid-Dampier Peninsula. She is passionate about combating issues created by colonial trauma and is working towards a future where the next generation don’t have to choose between culture and education or work. As a sociologist, Jordin’s skills enable her to explore how changes in the structure of society, the material world, the economy, and cultural systems influence us as members of society. Throughout her experience, she has worked on projects and events that require critical thinking, social research, policy analysis, and project evaluation that are crucial for strategy and evaluations of programs and communications.
Syd is an AFL legend whose story is inspiring, yet heartbreaking especially when hearing it told by Syd himself. Making it from South Bunbury Football club, to East Perth in the WAFL and all the way to Carlton Football Club in 1968 where he played 136 games and won 2 premierships is a tremendous achievement. Within two years of starting at Carlton he played and was amongst the best players in one of the biggest Grand Finals of all time; 126,696 people attended to watch AFL’s longest rivals go head to head in the 1970 clash of Carlton vs Collingwood.
Syd is now living and working at Roelands Village despite all the negative memories of his early days here at the former mission where he and other children from across WA were removed to as part of past government policies of the day of removal, protection and assimilation of Aboriginal children. He has two retro cars which personifies him and his humble nature perfectly, and a small veranda that features only a speed ball and exercise equipment that if you take one look at Syd you can tell that he clearly still uses, impressive for a man in his 70’s.
Today Syd devotes his time to his Ambassadorial roles with MADALAH and WKAI; creating opportunities for Aboriginal children and young people across Australia, including those with disability, to be supported in their health, education, training, employment and sports goals.