Ayana's art on centre stage
WHEN the Queensland Reds run out to take on the Jaguares at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night they will sport a jersey designed by Murgon State High School Year 11 student Ayana Murray.
This is the eighth season the Reds will wear special jerseys for the annual indigenous round with the jersey launched by the Queensland Rugby Union.
Ayana said it was a great honour to have her artwork on the jersey not only for herself but for her Cherbourg community and Wakka Wakka people.
"It's pretty cool and special this painting will be the Reds Indigenous jersey. It'll be amazing seeing the players wearing the jerseys with my artwork," she told Queensland Reds media.
"My family are proud of me. It's special being a part of the Reds Indigenous Program."
Ayana said the jersey design was one of the favourite pieces of art she has painted.
"I've been painting since I was 10 years old. I painted with my grandmother who taught me everything," she told Queensland Reds media.
"The 'flowers' represent the different communities of people. The lines in between are the path we travel. The big flower represents the Queensland Reds helping all of these communities and supporting them. The feet are from the koala which is the logo of the Reds."
Murgon State High School students have been successful in painting the winning indigenous jersey design previously with the Reds wearing Janita Langton's design in 2017.
Like Janita, Ayana was also part of the Future Indigenous Leaders Program which she graduated from in 2018 and is now in the Reds Generation Next program.
She was identified by the Queensland Rugby Union's indigenous programs mentors to be part of the programs when she was a Year 6 student at Cherbourg State School.
This year's Indigenous Round also coincides with National Reconciliation Week from May 27 to June 1 which celebrates the theme Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage.
The 2019 Indigenous Round match-day jerseys designed by Ayana will be auctioned at www.redsrugby.com.au to help raise funds for the Queensland Rugby Union Indigenous Program.