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Indigenous Sport Month: Oympian Brooke Peris just wants to inspire others to follow their dreams

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Baring the well-known surname, Brook Peris was destined to follow within the footsteps of her cousin Nova Peris given her aggressive nature as a baby.

She took up hockey aged just 4, however her earliest reminiscences additionally contain enjoying basketball along with her cousins till the sunshine had disappeared from the sky and dinner had been taken off the desk.

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The 28-year-old from Darwin was a part of the Australian ladies’s hockey workforce that completed sixth on the 2016 Rio Olympics, and has been chosen once more for the Tokyo Games because the Hockeyroos put together to medal — so long as she remembers her uniform.

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What Indigenous Nation/s are you linked with?

“My grandmother was born at Moola Bulla Station in Western Australia and is a Kidiji woman. I am a member of the Native Title of the Moola Bulla Station. My grandfather was born in Broome and is a Jaru man. I am a member of the Ngarrawanji Native.”

What does your heritage/tradition imply to you?

“It’s who I am and where I come from. I feel in my heart, soul and spirit the connection between my land and family. Every time I fly back, I know I’m home.”

My favorite customized from my heritage is …

“Storytelling, song, and dance.”

Something not many individuals learn about me is …

“I am a sucker for love stories.”

My earliest reminiscence is …

“We had a basketball ring on our driveway which was close to the street. I was playing basketball with my cousins on the street during the rain, we all got so competitive we skipped dinner until there was a winner.”

One piece of recommendation I might give my teenage self …

“Take more photos to capture the memories I may have forgotten because I had a great childhood.”

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The finest recommendation I used to be ever given …

“Too many to pick from but ‘be true to yourself’.”

If I wasn’t in sport I might be …

“A primary school teacher or business owner of a café.”

A typical false impression made about me is …

“That I’m Italian.”

When I cop abuse I …

“Talk to my dog and let it go, or if it is really horrible I cry myself to sleep and when I wake up I leave it behind me.”

When folks see me I hope they assume …

“A respectful, genuine, kind person who cares about people, places and animals.”

Family means …

“Everything to me.”

A phrase or phrase I exploit an excessive amount of …

“Meh, Nah, Yeah nah, Hmmm.”

My bizarre sporting superstition is …

“I don’t have a superstition but I have forgotten my uniform three times for an international match. I forgot my playing shoes about five times and I don’t like being on my phone so I have left my phone overnight in our change rooms and didn’t pick it up until the following afternoon.”

My sporting hero is …

“Cathy Freeman and Nova Peris.”

Which sporting second carried probably the most significance for you?

“Cathy Freeman winning gold in the 400m in Sydney.”

What’s it’s like being an Indigenous athlete immediately?

“I feel proud to represent my people for Australia. I hope I can make a difference to inspire anyone to continue to chase their dreams, not just to be an athlete but to be themselves.”

NT Hockey under-21 Brooke Peris with assistant coach Nova Peris at Marrara Hockey field.
Camera IconBrooke Peris and her well-known cousin Nova. Credit: News Limited

Who put you in your pathway?

“I put myself on my own pathway but my family, friends, boyfriend, teammates, work friends, other athletes from different sports — they have influenced the direction of that path, when I have been successful and when I haven’t.

“I have learnt from people’s personal stores, their actions, heartbreak and disappointment but have laughed, had tears of joy, enjoyment of competitive sports, and smiled every day because of the people I surround myself with. I am only as good as the people I put around me. My success is their success.”

Who is your inspiration?

The ladies I work with day by day inspire me to be higher, humble, and grateful for the chance to do what I get to do day by day.”

What is the important thing precedence to enhance participant and management alternatives for the following era of Indigenous athletes?

“If you want something, the only person standing in your way is you. Let your light shine as bright as you want it.”

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