TI students inspired by basketball star Jawai

Thursday Island students have been treated to a visit from Australian basketball star Nathan Jawai, as part of the popular Sea Swift Cairns Taipans Indigenous Program.

Headed by former NBL star Kerry Williams, the program aims to spread healthy living messages throughout Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Island remote communities.

Cairns Taipans power forward Jawai made the visit extra special for the Tagai College children as part of the regular program across the region which encourages kids to stay in school, keep active, and eat healthily.

In 2009, Jawai became the first Torres Strait Islander to play in the world-famous National Basketball Association (NBA).

Williams said the students were excited to meet the local basketball legend, who grew up in Bamaga.

“Nathan was able to tell his story and address our key message of respect through story,” said Williams.

“Nathan spoke at assembly about his journey, and then played games, handed out T-shirts, and reiterated his respect message – there was a lot of excitement from the students.”

Since its inception, the award-winning Sea Swift Taipans Indigenous Program has engaged more than 3,000 Indigenous youth in 24 communities.

You can watch a short video about the program here.

Sea Swift Chief Executive Officer Fred White said Sea Swift had a proud record of supporting local communities, and was thrilled to support a national sporting organisation such as the Cairns Taipans.

“Sea Swift has been proudly servicing remote communities in northern Australia for the past 30 years, and we always play an active role in the communities where we operate," Mr White said.

“Giving back is a core value of our company, and we’re thrilled to be able to play a role in supporting the Taipans.

“The Taipans are more than just a national sports team. They’re dedicated to utilising their organisation as a vehicle for social change, and we’re proud to be involved.”

Sea Swift operates throughout the region’s remote coastal and island communities, with depots in Cairns, Weipa, Seisia, Horn Island, and Thursday Island in Queensland, and Darwin, Gove and Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory.

The company has more than 30 years of experience providing essential services and project freight across the region with more than 400 staff and 30 vessels, and makes a significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the region.

Find out more about Sea Swift and its services at www.seaswift.com.au

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