Western Sydney Outreach held their fourth annual oz tag tournament on Wednesday 17 July, to celebrate NAIDOC Week and give young people of the area the chance to meet new friends, exercise and get in touch with trained youth workers.
Each NAIDOC Week we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s NAIDOC theme being: Voice. Treaty. Truth.
A range of stalls provided by different local services were set up to provide information and support to youth including The Department Of Human Services and the Greater Western Sydney Health Service.
The day started off with a welcome to country followed by the beginning of the tournament composed of teams formed from local youth services and high schools.
Joshua Te Tai, Western Sydney Outreach Manager, said every year the tournament is a great event for young people and the community.
“This event is a great opportunity for us to showcase and celebrate our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It’s also a great way to bring young people together to engage with their peers, youth workers and other services that we have out here today.”
Youth workers also served up a fantastic barbeque allowing teams to socialise and all eat lunch together.
Throughout each game, young people demonstrated team work, resilience and good sportsmanship. Western Sydney Outreach coordinate a number of sporting tournaments promoting an active lifestyle and this oz tag day was a great chance to do so whilst celebrating NAIDOC Week.
We hope everyone had a great day out and we look forward to other sporting competitions being held this year by our fantastic Outreach Teams!