Jumpers brighten NAIDOC Round

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Jesse Wynne, second from left, designed the Mt Barker Bulls' NAIDOC jumpers. Pictured with him are teammates Dionne Woods, David Stone and Brent Parsons.
Camera IconJesse Wynne, second from left, designed the Mt Barker Bulls' NAIDOC jumpers. Pictured with him are teammates Dionne Woods, David Stone and Brent Parsons. Credit: Laurie Benson

Mt Barker football player Jesse Wynne believes the Great Southern Football League’s NAIDOC Round will only grow in stature after four clubs wore specially designed jumpers at the weekend.

To celebrate the start of NAIDOC Week around Australia, the GSFL held NAIDOC Round, which was recognised at each of the three fixtures across the weekend.

Wynne, who has started his own graphic design business, produced a spectacular design for the Bulls with significant symbolism to areas around the Mt Barker region on the jumper worn by the 22 league players at Sounness Park on Saturday.

The 22-year-old said it was a proud moment to run out as an indigenous player wearing a jumper that he designed.

“The club hit me up and asked if I can put together a design incorporating the Barker area and the Stirlings,” he said.

“The Stirling Ranges are on there, the sun coming over them, plus boomerangs and a well-known meeting place in the centre is Sounness Park.

“The symbols between the dots represent the 22 players.

The Mt Barker Bulls' NAIDOC Week strip designed by player Jesse Wynne.
Camera IconThe Mt Barker Bulls' NAIDOC Week strip designed by player Jesse Wynne. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

“I was stoked when I first saw how they came out. They turned out really solid. These days are getting a lot more acknowledgement, helping embrace Noongar culture which means a lot to me.

“The clubs are doing a great job all getting their own jumpers and it makes the event a bit more special.”

Denmark-Walpole, Royals and Railways also wore specially made indigenous jumpers.

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