2 August 2023

Aurukun girls jetting off to Brisbane FIFA Women's World Cup

| Chisa Hasegawa
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Eight woman from Arukun PCYC are smiling ar the camera holding FIFA world cup tickets. Pictured is six kids from the PCYC along with the communinities youth support worker and police liason officer.

Eight Arukun women will be flown to Brisbane for the FIFA World Cup

SIX young women from PCYC Aurukun are being flown to Brisbane next week to attend a FIFA Women’s World Cup between England and Nigeria.

The all-expenses-paid opportunity was offered through the local PCYC’s indoor soccer program, which was noticed on social media by FIFA First Nations general manager Courtney Fewquandie.

Youth support worker Norma Armstrong-Ravula described the experience as “once in a lifetime”.

With a limited number of tickets, the girls who demonstrated the most commitment and service to the PCYC and the Aurukun community were chosen. They will be accompanied by Ms Armstrong-Ravula as well as Police Liason Officer Chantelle Walmbeng.

“It’s great in the way that we’re able to reward those that are continuing to do good stuff in the community, continuing to come to PCYC (and) being active,” Ms Armstrong-Ravula says.

She says that the PCYC uses the sport of futsal to teach the kids skills like “being a captain, being a team manager, turning up for your team, good sportsmanship”.

“When you’re in a community like this, there are no Saturday morning games so we’ve kind of had to try to create those experiences.”

The Aurukun crew will attend the England v Nigeria game at 5.30pm on Monday, August 7 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

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