ASHEletics open eyes to culture

By Tara Whitsed

A huge three days of ASHEletics have been taking place at Rumbalara Football Netball Club for the annual ASHEfest.

The Shepparton event is hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Academy of Sport, Health and Education with a number of students and volunteers running activities.

Starting with Prep to Year 3 students from a variety of schools, co-ordinator Jamie Atkinson said they had been fortunate with the weather and the children were loving the event.

‘‘A key component of the event is to introduce the kids to games which are delivered by students,’’ he said.

Years 4 to 6 children took part in ASHEletics yesterday, while secondary school students will participate in buroinjin at the Shepparton Sports Stadium today.

Mr Atkinson said there were also key community members presenting cultural talks as well as Aboriginal elders hosting story-telling sessions.

He said the idea behind the event was for schools to come together and meet new people.

‘‘For indigenous kids it’s a chance for them to appreciate and get involved in the culture,’’ he said.

‘‘And for non-indigenous kids, it opens their eyes to our world and shows them what indigenous kids are lucky to have.’’

RumbaGirl (Jamie-Lee Hindmarsh) and ASHEman (Tamati Alesana) were a hit among the children.