Tyrell Warrior is just 16 years old, but he’s already been playing football for a big chunk of his life – since grade five, in fact. He’s based in Logan and studying at Woodridge State High School but come this weekend he joins more than 130 young Indigenous footballers from all over Queensland for the Bunburra Indigenous Beach Touch Football Tournament right on the beach at Surfers Paradise.
Bunburra is the Yugambeh word for beach. And Surfers Paradise will be the location of this historic tournament – the first of its kind in Queensland which will see teams of young people aged 14 – 17 competing; some from as far away as the Torres Strait.
When asked about the event, Tyrell Warrior says, quite simply, “We will show you a day you will never forget.”
Tyrell says while he’s representing his community in Logan, the event is significant culturally as well.
“I feel proud about my culture as I am a Torres Strait Islander,” Tyrell said. “We will be competing against other communities across Queensland and showcasing young Indigenous talent.”
And while Tyrell has been to Surfers Paradise beach before, he never thought he’d be playing in a tournament like this there.
“I never expected something like this to happen at Surfers Paradise,” he said.
“I feel excited to verse players that are the same culture as me,” Tyrell said. “The best thing about bringing the teams together is seeing other people from across Queensland. I might be versing some of my relatives that I haven’t seen for a while.”
More than 1000 spectators are expected to watch the tournament which celebrates Indigenous sport and culture and will feature 18 teams from nine regions.
Bunburra Indigenous Beach Touch Football Tournament kicks off 10.00am on Saturday 7 March with cultural celebrations starting at 6.00pm. Cultural activities will include a Welcome to Country, Smoke Ceremony, Ochre Ceremony, traditional song and dance and Indigenous music.
The cultural ceremonies will be interpreted to give insight into their meaning and significance. There will also be an Indigenous fashion parade and fireworks.
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Show your support for Indigenous sport and culture. Right on the beach at Surfers Paradise.
Saturday 7 March
10.00am tournament, 6.00pm cultural celebrations