The Seven Consulting Opals will play in a specially designed Indigenous uniform at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup starting this week in Sydney.
The team were presented with the uniform this morning in a moving ceremony at Cathy Freeman Park. Budjiti/Murrawari Elder Bruce Shillingsworth acknowledged the traditional owners and offered a blessing to the team before presenting them with their singlet.
This is the first time that the Opals will play in an Indigenous design and the significance was felt by every team member. Captain Tess Madgen read out the meaning of the artwork and encouraged them to use it as motivation in their upcoming games.
“Let’s wear these uniforms with pride and go out there and make an incredible statement to the world,” Madgen said.
Head Coach Sandy Brondello reflected on Bruce’s message about community and heritage.