In another first for Softball, the Central Coast Softball Association held a dedication to recognise its Aboriginal heritage on Saturday. The last round of the season will now be the Aboriginal round which acknowledges, indeed celebrates Central Coast Softball’s long history of inclusiveness.
A Welcome to Country from Aunty Lesley Armstrong and a smoking and water ceremony conducted by Dave Ella was attended by several dignitaries including Dave Mehan MP, David Harris MP, Jane Smith Central Coast Mayor and a number of life members. Clubs participated by wearing new playing shirts which incorporated Aboriginal artwork designed by the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group. Jacob Bell played the didgeridoo as each member passed through the smoke, cleansing their spirit.
The ceremony was toped of with the presentation of a Life Member banner which incorporates an Aboriginal design and a presentation of a lifesaving defibrillator by Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith. Aunty Lesley praised the association membership on the initiative, thought to be the first in softball circles, and their embracement of the day. She looks forward to celebrating this round for years to come.