Qantas Gives Young Indigenous AFL Players a Kickstart

Melbourne, 01 August 2005

Qantas Chairman Margaret Jackson today launched the Qantas AFL Kickstart Camp for young Indigenous sportsmen.

Speaking at the announcement of the Qantas Australian Football Indigenous Team of the Century, Ms Jackson said the airline was delighted to be able to help young Indigenous players take a step towards a future AFL career through the AFL Kickstart Camp.

"This very special camp offers a unique opportunity for talent scouts from AFL Clubs to see what these young people, who are selected for the camp based on their talent and potential to play AFL at a senior representative level, can do."

"Forty eight promising young people, representing all States and Territories of Australia will attend the AFL Kickstart Camp later this month. The Northern Territory has the highest representation with 12 players, followed by Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia with eight each," she said.

Ms Jackson said the camp was an extension of the airline's existing sponsorship of the AFL Kickstart program.

AFL Kickstart, which started in 1997, is a development program aimed not only at identifying talented Indigenous players, but also at promoting lifestyle messages based on three core principles: participation, leadership and life skills.

Ms Jackson said AFL Kickstart was an important feature of the airline's program of Indigenous AFL sponsorships, which included:

* the Qantas Australian Football Indigenous Team of the Century;
* the Qantas AFL Indigenous All-Stars Game, which will next be played in 2007; and
* the Qantas AFLPA Marn Grook Award, which is presented to the most outstanding emerging Indigenous player to debut within the previous three years.

Ms Jackson said Qantas was proud to recognise the contribution of Indigenous AFL players through its sponsorship of the Team of the Century, and in doing so, encourage younger Indigenous players to strive to overcome adversity and achieve their goals.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3202)