Our Vision

Nyoongar people achieving success at every level, of every field.

Our Values

  • Community and family focus
  • Strengths focus
  • Nyoongar respect and pride
  • Integrity and trust
  • Collaborative partnerships

Our Responsibility

To develop partnerships that maximise opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians residing in Nyoongar country, to participate in active recreation and enjoy health lifestyles, in order to produce health, education, social and cultural benefits for individuals and their respective communities.

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2017 Corporate Cup Success

On the 27th April, four corporate teams competed in the 2017 NWS Corporate Cup. The event commenced in the historic Pavilion, part of the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club where teams enjoyed an Aboriginal dance performance, a Welcome to Country by Shaun Nannup and outline of Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports’ mission and programs.

The round robin competition across three Traditional Indigenous Games - Borna Jokee, Koolchee and Kabi Kabi Buroinjin - took place on an adjacent Kings Park oval. Competition was fierce but friendly and fun with the final results very close. Following the games, teams moved to the Next Gen Fitness Club’s rooftop terrace for refreshments and contemporary Aboriginal music by The Struggling Kings. The results announcement saw Woodside Warriors1 the victors and recipients of a team trophy, individual trophies and a signed Fremantle Dockers jersey courtesy of NWS’ status as an Associate Friend of the Fremantle Dockers Foundation.

Post-event participant surveys confirmed the value of the event with enjoyment ratings (0 = hated it &10 = loved it) of 9.7 for the dance and music performances and 9.0 for the games. 100% respondents indicated they would recommend their or other organisations to participate in future Corporate Cups.

Besides being a healthy and fun team-building exercise that also increased appreciation of Aboriginal culture, the event raised funds to assist Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports’ commitment to increasing the holistic health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people living in Nyoongar country.

2016 City to Surf - Post-event Report

2016 was the third year that Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports (NWS) fielded a team in the City to Surf event.

With the support of valued sponsors - Lavan, Dept. Sport & Recreation, Corporate Sports Australia, City of Bayswater and WT Design Studio - the following elements contributed to the event’s success: Family Fun Day before the event for team-building and the provision of training and nutrition advice and healthy tucker; team t-shirts; a marquee at the finish line, which was particularly appreciated given the intermittent rain; and a healthy snack after the event.

Some characteristics of the team of 55 and their feedback:

- For 19%, it was their first time participating in the City to Surf. 69% were members of the 2015 Team and 37% were part of the inaugural 2014 Team. 

- 81% were Aboriginal and there were a number of family groups and diverse age range – 3% aged 0-6 years, 31% aged 7-12 years, 3% aged 13-18 years, 19% aged 19-29 years, 34% aged 30-49 years and 12% aged 50 or more years.

- While the majority (89%) walked/ran 4 kms, five people did the 12 kms course and one completed the half-marathon.

- 69% survey respondents said they would not have participated in the City to Surf event if they weren’t part of the Team.

- 94% said that through participating in the team and event, they were motivated to lead a more active lifestyle and 81% said they would encourage friends/family to also lead a more active lifestyle.

- When asked to rate enjoyment of the event on a scale of 0 (‘hated it’) to 100 (‘loved it’), the average rating was 93. 

- Factors nominated as contributing to team members’ enjoyment – Cultural pride (100%), Wanting to be fit and healthy (100%), Being part of a team (93%), Being with friends/family (87%), Liking of the event (87%) and Liking exercise (80%)

Comments included:

-  “I never take the time to exercise, but now I’ve done the City to Surf, it has motivated me to do more marathons.”

- “I really enjoyed this year's event. I found the team at NWS to be very supportive and encouraging of participants and when my friends saw that I was running as part of a team, they showed support to myself and showed interest in participating in next year's event as part of the team.”

- “The team at NWS do a deadly job in providing services to help our community in promoting health and fitness. They do a great job in getting kids actively involved in sports especially over the school holidays and travelling to country towns.”

- “Participating as a group is a motivating way to complete a new challenge.”

We now look forward to the 2017 City to Surf event!





January 2017 Regional School Holiday Program

Where did we go?

18 sessions comprising physical activity in the form of Traditional Indigenous Games, healthy tucker and healthy lifestyle education were delivered in 15 towns in the South West and Wheatbelt. The towns included Beverley, Brookton, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie, Harvey, Katanning, Kellerberrin, Kondinin, Merredin, Narrogin, Northam, Pingelly, Quairading and Wagin.

Who attended?

250 school-aged children, 215 (86%) of whom were Aboriginal

What did the children think of the program?

When asked to rate the following from 1 to 100:

    - How much they enjoyed playing Traditional Indigenous Games – 94

    - How much they enjoyed learning about how to be more healthy – 91

    -  Intention to live a healthy lifestyle – 97

    -  How much the program increased pride in being Aboriginal – 92

Promoting Accounting as a career

Our sponsor, Deloitte, is keen for there to be more Aboriginal men and women in the accounting profession. To help sow the seeds, the January program distributed a brochure from Indigenous Accountants Australia, promotional postcards from Deloitte and a flyer, which encouraged maths fun through memes and maths games websites.