• A participant playing in The National Indigenous Training Academy's softball tournament
A new sports program for Indigenous trainees in Central Australia is connecting people with culture.
18 Nov 2013 - 1:17 PM  UPDATED 18 Nov 2013 - 6:44 PM

The Voyager Uluru resort is hosting The National Indigenous Training Academy's tri-state softball tournament for young Indigenous women.

The tournament acts as a fun alternative for participants looking to gain skills in areas such as hospitality, catering and housekeeping, and to learn more about remote communities.

"It's about bridging the relationship between the communities, so we're hoping to have it as a monthly thing, so this is the second time this year. We're hoping to have it next year as well, once a month," says Indigenous mentor Nancy Doolah.

The trainees are from the eastern states, but they plan on staying at Yulara after the completion of their course to learn more than just job skills.

"Growing up in the city we didn't really do much," says trainee graduate Tahlia Ahoy. "I'm from Newcastle, so we didn't really do much or learn much culture in there, like going through school, but coming out here you're living amongst it and it's just good, learning it."

Mutitjulu defeated the trainees in the first round, with Docker River to play next.