The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are proud to share the Indigenous jersey that we will wear on Sunday 5 June at North Stradbroke Island / Minjerribah.
The jersey was unveiled at a Reconciliation Lunch hosted by Redland City Council, with Deadly Choices, Yulu-Burri-Ba and local Indigenous elders present.
This is an Indigenous recognition match during Round 10 of the Hostplus Cup, held on the island for the first time since 2019.
The jersey was designed by Deadly Choices and inspired by the memory of Aunty Lyn Shipway, who passed away recently.
Aunty Lyn was chair of both Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health and the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health and was formerly on the board of Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders in Council.
The 2021 Redland City Council Citizen of the Year, Aunty Lyn also helped to establish Minjerribah Day Respite Centre, Myora Caravan Park and Nareeba Moopi Pa Aged Care centre.
Aunty Lyn was an instrumental figure in pushing for the Seagulls to first play on Minjerribah in 2014.
The design of the jersey includes the carpet snake and the dolphin, both prominent in the Minjerribah area.
The white circles within the bigger circle represent the 19 health clinics that Aunty Lyn contributed to opening.
The 4 larger circles represent the 4 board members that established the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags are located on each shoulder, with Deadly Choices front and centre on the jersey to represent their significant contribution to the organisation of this Indigenous recognition match.
The Seagulls will host a team dinner on Saturday night, where David Collins, CEO Yulu-Burri-Ba Health Service, will speak to the players privately about the impact of Aunty Lyn Shipway and how important this game is for the local community.
The Seagulls staff and players are incredibly excited to be involved in a match such as this, and will wear this Indigenous jersey with immense pride.
A Traditional Welcome to Country and Dance Ceremony will commence at 1:30pm on Sunday, followed by kick off at 2:10pm at Ron Stark Oval.