Indigenous ice hockey team will dazzle in Darwin

Australia’s first Indigenous ice hockey team will have the chance to impress at the Arafura Games.

The Kaurna Boomerangs will play in a demonstration match at the event which starts on April 26th.

The South Australian team came together as a result of the Ice Factor program which began with a mission to offer kids a chance to stay out of trouble.

The program was inspired by the popular American movie, The Mighty Ducks.

Shaquille Burgoyne took part in the program as a kid and along with fellow Ice Factor graduate Jaidyn O’Neill, had the idea for the Kaurna Boomerangs. He said people have to make the decision to change themselves.

“I don’t stand for crime; I’ve got a good record and I’m trying to keep it that way … I don’t want to see young talent go to waste,” Mr Burgoyne said.

The team has received loads of support from leaders in the Adelaide community. Eddie Betts (Adelaide Crows), and Jarrad Neale (Port Adelaide) have both provided guidance to the team.

Ice Factor ran with Burgoyne’s idea and it took only three weeks for the side to don their first jerseys.

That was in July last year and now the team will get the chance to impress on an international stage.

More than 1500 athletes have registered to play in the Arafura Games in 2019, the first time it has been held since 2011.

The ice hockey exhibition matches will be played between a variety of teams around the opening ceremony on April 26th.

By Keiran Deck

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