NEWS - NAIDOC RECOGNITION FOR NATARSHA BAMBLETT NEWS

NAIDOC RECOGNITION FOR NATARSHA BAMBLETT
10 Jul 17



Miss NAIDOC

West Preston Lakeside’s very own Natarsha Bamblett was crowned Miss NAIDOC at the Victorian NAIDOC Awards last week, the prestigious award acknowledges Natarsha’s work in the community and cultural sectors.

Tarsh moved to Melbourne last year from Shepparton and works with the Wirrpanda Foundation as a mentor for young indigenous teens in Victorian schools, and has also been recognised for her work with her dance troupe Individual Spirits in which she blended contemporary dancing with hip hop.

Natarsha is proud of her culture and heritage and will speak of this and her journey to date at our Ladies Day today. She might even mention the pivitol role she plays in our hugely successful Senior Women’s football side’s stunning first season.

Congratulations Natarsha on this wonderful recognition of the great work you do for the Indigenous community, all at West Preston Lakeside Football Club are Proud to have you in the Rooster family. Read on for the article posted in the Shep news this week.

Shepparton News 5th July 2017

A young Yorta Yorta woman from Shepparton with a love of dance and hip hop is this year’s Miss NAIDOC.

Natarsha Bamblett, 22, was shocked when she received the Miss NAIDOC crown at the Victorian NAIDOC Awards last Friday.

‘‘I cried, I’ve won a lot of awards, but nothing comes close to this,’’ she said.

‘‘I couldn’t sleep for two nights.’’

She received the prestigious award as acknowledgement for the hard work as a young indigenous woman in the community and cultural sectors.

A lover of dance from an early age, she was entranced with the dances she saw on music videos on TV.

A quick learner, when she studied dance she blended contemporary dancing with hip hop, and gained recognition with her dance troupe, Individual Spirits.

She made the move to Melbourne last year and works with the Wirrpanda Foundation as a mentor for young indigenous teens in Victorian schools.

‘‘I’m teaching them to be proud of their culture and their community,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s more like a passion, I don’t see it as a job.

‘‘It’s just a bonus that I also get paid.’’

Making the move away from her hometown and her family was difficult, but she believed it was the right choice to follow her passions.

She has plenty of more commitments for the rest of NAIDOC Week and she said it was important for the country to come together to celebrate indigenous Australians.

‘‘It brings all the mob together in celebration of what we have achieved and what we need to work for,’’ she said.

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