Season Finale: Greg Inglis
Living Black host Karla Grant speaks with 2013 Dally M NRL Fullback of the Year, fashion designer, male model and mentor Greg Inglis. Greg and Karla discuss in detail his football career including the moment he almost left his beloved NRL code and his hopes for a more inclusive Australia.
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“In the end, to move forward in this country, it’s not black and white anymore it’s a multi-cultural country, so we always have to remember what happens in the past. But you just got to forgive, forgive and move on and make this country a better place if you want to move forward.” - Greg Inglis.
Greg Inglis is an Australian Rugby League player for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the NRL. He is also a representative player for the Australian International Rugby league side and plays for Queensland in the NRL State of Origin clash. He also owns his own clothing range ‘Greg Inglis’ clothing. More recently he has become one of the faces for Australian Indigenous Fashion Week alongside International model, Samantha Harris and is part of many mentorship programs for young Indigenous youth.
Greg Inglis is a Dunghutti man from Kempsey NSW, but grew up in Bowraville, before moving to Newcastle at the age of 16 to follow his NRL dream.
World champion marathon runner Robert De Castella
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Robert De Castella is a former Australian world champion marathon runner.
He still holds the Oceanian record for the marathon.
Born In Melbourne, Victoria, he was one of seven children.
He has received highly acclaimed awards such as Australian of the year (1983), Sport Australia Hall of fame, Australian sports medal, Centenary medal and the Australian institute of sport – best of the best award.
From 1990 to 1995 De Castella was director of the Australian Institute of Sport. He also started the Smart start for kids program in 1990 that aimed to address the high inactivity levels of children in ACT primary schools.
In 2009 Castella was approached by a Sydney based production agency to produce a documentary capturing the journey of four Aboriginal men on a path to become the first Indigenous Australians to run the New York Marathon. This was known as the Indigenous Marathon Project.
Since its inception, De Castella has mentored 32 Indigenous athletes through various marathons across the globe. The Indigenous Marathon Project is about promoting health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities.
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