Willy selected in first State Indigenous Athletics Team
Year 10 student Willy Hart represented WA at the inaugural Australian Indigenous Athletics Championships held in Melbourne during the Term 1 school holidays.
Willy, who is from Kununurra, was among 100 of the country’s best indigenous track and field athletes competing at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park.
Willy, who started boarding at Christ Church this year as a member of the School’s Indigenous Student Programme, competed in the Under 15 Javelin event. He was selected in the inaugural WA side after a successful run at the 2011 WA All Schools Track and Field Championships, where he impressed metropolitan coaches after finishing second in the Under 14 Javelin event.
While in Melbourne, Willy attended a special ceremony at the Korin Gamadji Institute at Punt Road Oval where athletes, from as far as Nhulumbuy in the Northern Territory to Marree in South Australia, were presented with their official championship singlets.
As well as competing in a world-class venue, Willy also had a chance to participate in coaching workshops run by elite athletes, nutritional classes and leadership workshops.
Willy is one of 23 boys who are part of the School’s indigenous programme. Most boys come from the East and West Kimberley as well as Carnarvon, the Murchison and Perth.