In 2014 UWA hosted the 19th Indigenous Nationals which UWA won for a record 7th time. It also hosted the event in 2019 where nearly 450 Indigenous staff and students attended. This year, UWA plans to attend the 26th Indigenous Nationals in an attempt to become the most successful team ever and win an 8th Championship.
The Nationals, now held during the mid-year break, will this year be held in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology 26-30 June and it provides a unique opportunity to bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students from around the country to participate and compete at a national level in mixed sports including basketball, netball, volleyball and touch football as well as an Indigenous cultural game.
Since its inception in 1995, the aim of the gathering has been to promote unity, interaction and friendly competition between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students. The Nationals offer an opportunity to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture in a positive light, and each year the Nationals receive increasing exposure in both mainstream and Indigenous media.
The Western Waagyls, until recently, were the only Western Australian representatives at the Nationals and have competed at the Nationals since 2000 and performed admirably. So far the Western Waagyls have won seven championships (more than any other university) and have been placed runner-up four times.
If you are an Indigenous student from UWA and would like to attend the Nationals as a competitor, please contact Tori Oakley
or speak to a staff from UWA Sport to express your interest.