Sydney Thunder Indigenous XI member Daniel Dellow is a proud Wiradjuri man who has wholeheartedly embraced his opportunity to be a role model for young Aboriginal people.
Daniel grew up with a deep connection to his culture and became involved with the Thunder Indigenous XI, supported by Homestar Finance, after his school cricket coach encouraged him to apply when he was in Year 12.
“I wasn’t successful at first but about a month before the tournament, someone pulled out and I got asked to take his spot to play the Sixers Indigenous XI in Orange,” he said.
“Cricket is a sport that I love, and to be able to play the sport that I love and represent family and culture at the same time is just incredible.”
Having been a member of the Thunder Indigenous XI for a few years now, Daniel recognises that the experience is as much about what happens off-field, as on-field.
“I believe that my Indigenous T20 Cup experiences have helped to develop my people skills and self-confidence,” he said.
“The experience offers great leadership and guidance to young Indigenous men and women and I hope I can continue to work with the team and be a mentor to the younger players coming through.”
Through his involvement with the Thunder Indigenous XI, Daniel became involved with the club’s Sport, Health, Opportunities and Well-Being (SHOW) Camps, delivered in conjunction with the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.
Spread across two days, SHOW Camps feature interactive workshops including media skills training and cultural painting, as well as cricket games and activities.
Check out all action from last year's SHOW Camp in the video below.
Daniel said he’s proud to be able to share his knowledge and passion with the next generation of young Aboriginal people.
“To be able to be engage and help inspire the Indigenous youth is just amazing,” he said.
“It makes me feel good to be able to get the opportunity to do things like that. It’s great to share what we can do and show young Indigenous people how we can celebrate our culture through sport.”
Sydney Thunder is committed to supporting Aboriginal communities across the Thunder Nation.
Through a variety of initiatives and programs, the club strives to provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to celebrate their culture and connect to their communities through sport.
For more information, please contact Sydney Thunder.