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Basketballer Ally Wilson took her Ngarrindjeri flag to the Commonwealth Games. Here’s why

Packing two Indigenous flags into a bag for the flight to Birmingham never did weigh Ally Wilson down.

Rather the heartfelt gifts from country ensured one of Australia’s four basketball bronze medallists remained grounded on the court amid the weight of a nation.

The symbolism of the gesture from Ngarrindjeri Elders for the Commonwealth Games tournament was another gentle reminder of the 28-year-old’s humble roots.

A great comfort to Wilson was sighting the Aboriginal flag high on the ceilings or walls of playing arenas before tipoff and during a national anthem.

But the distinct Ngarrindjeri design, one of just seven unique Indigenous flags of First Nations mobs, means something more.

“I organised through my Aboriginal dad, who has a lot of contacts through our local Indigenous community, to not only take an Aboriginal flag, but also the Ngarrindjeri flag to the…

Read more at www.nit.com.au

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