The St George Illawarra Dragons have unveiled their 2021 indigenous jersey ahead of the Dragons' Indigenous Round clash against the Wests Tigers at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Friday, May 28.
The Dragons launched its annual indigenous jersey competition in October, where entrants were asked to create a design that recognised and celebrated their culture as well as the spirit and passion of Dragons fans.
We thank the 15 artists who entered and congratulate Johnny Robinson for his winning design. Robinson was selected by a committee that included the Dragons' reconciliation action plan working group, local elders and members of the club's NRL squad.
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Robinson, a proud Bundjalung man, hails from Tabulam and has lived in the Hunter region for the last 16 years.
Following the tragic loss of his daughter and wife a decade ago, Robinson lost the motivation to paint and only found a passion for it again after the birth of his second child.
Robinson's design The Gathering represents coming together as one on ancestral Dharawal land which much of the Dragons' catchment covers.
The central circle symbolises the reconciliation of indigenous and non-indigenous people. The gum leaves and white dots within the circle represent traditional smoking ceremonies.
The three circles together represent past, present and future Dragons players; their placing in the shape of a V. The spiritual guide of Dharawal people, the humpback whale, is surrounded by red and white dots which represent its people and Dragons fans.
All match-worn Indigenous Round jerseys will once again be available for auction.