Gold Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew (middle) with Suns AFL indigenous player Mal Rosa (left) and indigenous AFLW player Paige Parker (right) with some of the boots that will be donated to indigenous Aussie rules players in the Mackay region.
Gold Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew (middle) with Suns AFL indigenous player Mal Rosa (left) and indigenous AFLW player Paige Parker (right) with some of the boots that will be donated to indigenous Aussie rules players in the Mackay region.

Suns sending thousands of free boots to Mackay kids

MACKAY’S indigenous footy stars of the future will soon have some fresh kicks to help hone their skills, thanks to the Gold Coast Suns and New Balance.

Speaking ahead of the Suns’ Sir Doug Nicholls Round AFL clash with Carlton in Darwin, CEO Mark Evans said New Balance would donate 5000 pairs of boots to indigenous youths in need – with Mackay included in the mix.

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A Suns spokesman told the Daily Mercury the club would soon engage in talks with Aussie rules stakeholders in the region to help get the boots to those who need them most.

At least 1000 pairs of boots, likely more, will be distributed to across the Mackay and Whitsundays region in coming months.

“The Suns are excited to have an international sports company like New Balance join us as official boot partner and what better way to do it than (by) helping 5000 young people,” Evans said.

Dean Howard from New Balance said he hoped the donation would encourage the next batch of AFL and sporting champions – especially indigenous sporting stars.

“It’s a great joint initiative to support local sporting communities and we look forward to seeing the positive impact the boots will have on keeping kids active in sport,” he said.

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Evans said the donation would primarily focus on indigenous youths, making it a great announcement ahead of the AFL’s annual indigenous round – the Sir Doug Nicholls Round – which celebrates the code’s past and present indigenous champions.

“The boots will be allocated to the Suns’ regions of the Gold Coast and surrounds, Darwin and the Northern Territory and Mackay, plus north Queensland,” he said.



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