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Young sports star’s scholarship success

Proud Bundjalung woman Lillielle Mahoney is kicking goals both on and off the field, recently awarded a sports scholarship in our 2021 round of the Young, Black and Proud program.

At just 13 years of age, Lillielle has an impressive list of sports achievements under her belt, selected for regional and state teams and chosen as captain for the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association team. She also represented the Indigenous under 14 girls touch team at the Queensland All Nations Touch Tournament in 2020 and is the youngest player to be chosen for the shadow merit team in open’s mixed Oztag, a team previously only for 17 year old players.

Lillielle will put her scholarship fund toward uniforms and registration fees for the slew of competitions she has coming up.

“For All Nations, I’m playing on the Indigenous team again. Unfortunately, Nationals got postponed due to COVID-19, but I’ve got the State Cup this year, and we’re hoping to make it into the semi-finals,” she said.

“Then I’ve got All Schools touch and training for the Year 12 open’s mixed”.

This level of achievement doesn’t come easily, but Lillielle is dedicated and committed, playing or training almost every day and sometimes up to three times a day.

Alongside being an accomplished athlete, Lillielle is also receiving praises in the academic sphere.

“I’ve taken part in my school’s Solid Pathways Program for high achieving Indigenous students since year four.

Last year, I was also awarded second place for my persuasive speech in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aspirations Program (ATSIAP) Challenge“.

We recently celebrated Lillielle and her cohort of scholarship winners at an awards ceremony held in the kuril dhagun space at the State Library of Queensland, co-hosted with our partner, the Queensland Family and Child Commission.

The Young, Black and Proud scholarship is given out annually and celebrates and supports the achievements of Indigenous youth across the areas of academics, arts and sports.

Lillielle was one of five other sports scholarship recipients in this year’s round of winners, alongside five academic winners and three from the arts.

Read more about our other 2021 winners here.

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