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'It means a lot': Pinder reflects on Indigenous Round

31 Oct
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Jordan McArdle

Perth Wildcats recruit Keanu Pinder kicked off Indigenous Round with a special event in Midland on Monday.

Pinder hit the court with youngsters from Koordoormitj Institute Grassroots Basketball program in Midland as part of a mini-clinic hosted by the Indigenous Wildcats star.

As part of the event, 100 tickets were given away to Saturday's clash against Adelaide 36ers at RAC Arena, thanks to game-night partner P&N Bank.

One lucky ticket recipient will even get the chance to step onto the RAC Arena court during a break in play on game day.

The basketball program is run by Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, the first Aboriginal player for the Women’s National Basketball League outfit WAIS Rockets, now known as Perth Lynx.

Pinder said he couldn't help but feel inspired by the session.

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“It means a lot to me,” Pinder said.

“Especially these little kids out here, it inspires me actually. I’m meant to inspire them but it inspires me to see that they’re out here on a Monday having fun.”

The NBL’s Indigenous Round is a highlight each season, showcasing Indigenous art and culture from around the country.

Pinder, who grew up in Derby in WA’s Kimberley region, was proud of where he’s come from to become a star of the competition.

“It means a lot to me because it brings light to the Indigenous people of Australia and it also gives me something to be proud of as an Indigenous kid growing up in the Kimberley," he said.

“For me to make it up here in the NBL and play at a high level and be one of the best in the league, I feel very proud of myself and where I come from.

“To be Indigenous and to be one of the very few people who have made it in the NBL and on the world stage, it’s good."

The Wildcats will wear a special Indigenous jersey on Saturday night, designed by Yilka (Wongutha)/Noongar/Yamatji local artist Roseanne ‘Rosie’ Paine.


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