02 July 18Sophie Tudor

2018 Indigenous National Games

The Deakin Indigenous Dragons roared the stadium down at the 2018 Indigenous Nationals from Sunday 24 – Thursday 28 June at Macquarie University in NSW, finishing up number 20 on the final scoreboard. 

Twelve Deakin students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage participated in the week-long multisport competition, proudly representing the iconic colours of blue and green in a variety of sports.  

Our students competed in a mixed multisport carnival (TOUCH, Basketball, Netball and Volleyball) against 28 teams from tertiary institutions across Australia in a celebration of Indigenous cultural and sport. In addition to the ever-glowing team spirit and camaraderie, a major highlight of the week was an evening at the Sydney Opera House to view the Bangara Dance Institute’s performance of Black Emu

The National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) began in 1996 as a joint class project between 13 students enrolled in a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies (Community Recreation) at the then Wollotuka School for Aboriginal Studies, The University of Newcastle. 

Now referred to as Indigenous Nationals, this competition provides an amazing environment to not only celebrate the rich sporting culture of indigenous Australia, but to also acknowledge the heritage and history of the participating individuals and teams.

This event is not about winning or losing and more specifically, about the celebration of Indigenous tertiary student outcomes through social sport – something of which, DUSA is tremendously proud to be part of. Well done to all players and coaches! 


Overall Place – 20th
Netball – 10th
Basketball – 14th
Touch – 22nd
Volleyball – 23rd