[by Marija Bijelic]
Shadeene Evans wins NT Young Achiever Sport Award
Shadeene (Shay) Evans, pictured above, has taken home the Northern Territory Young Achiever Zip Print Sport Award for her achievements through the John Moriarty Football (soccer) community and scholarship program.
The Northern Territory Young Achiever Award has been running for 25 years with an aim to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Territorians under 30. Winners each received a trophy and $2,000 to assist in achieving their goals, courtesy of founding partner TIO.
Shadeene (Shay) joined John Moriarty Football’s grassroots program in her home community of Borroloola, Northern Territory, at age 10. She went on to secure a place in Year 8 at Westfields Sports High School, NSW, through the John Moriarty Football Scholarship Program and became a Youth Ambassador for the program. Now in Year 12, Evans is an exceptional sporting talent who has been awarded for academic achievement, and has debuted for both the Young Matildas and professional W-League club, Sydney FC. Shay is currently training and playing with the Future Matildas program, earmarking Shay for eventual senior Australian selection.
As the first Borroloola footballer selected to play for Australia since John Moriarty, 55 years ago, Shay is already creating a legacy at only 17 years of age, inspiring other young peers from remote Northern Territory to follow in her footsteps.
"I want to inspire young Indigenous children to believe that they too, can have promising futures. Moriarty Foundation's John Moriarty Football program has been so important in my football and education. It is programs like this that give remote Indigenous kids a reason to study hard and pursue a better future through football," said Shadeene.
The co-founder of Moriarty Foundation and John Moriarty Football, John Moriarty said, “We’re thrilled for Shay and think she is very deserving of the NT Young Achiever Sport Award. Shay is an example of what Australia can achieve when we invest in Indigenous communities, our youth’s education, wellbeing and pathway programs to create long lasting impact and better outcomes.”
The McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust has provided funding to the John Moriarty Football Scholarship Program since 2017, supporting outstanding achievers, including Shadeene Evans, from the remote communities of Borroloola and Robinson River to study and pursue their football aspirations at some of Australia's most highly rated schools.
“We’re so proud to support this program which not only gives young people like Shay the opportunity to shine but also provides hope for any young person in community that they could do this too,” Mike Reed, Chairperson for MRM Community Benefits Trust.
Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt MP is a strong supporter of the program that has nurtured Shay. “I’m very proud of Shadeene Evans for her ongoing commitment to education and football, she is a role model for her peers. Sport for health programs, like Moriarty Foundation's John Moriarty Football, foster lifelong wellbeing, and I am proud of this Government’s support of it."
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