Richmond forward Shane Edwards had a big few days in Alice Springs, last week.
Edwards was part of the Indigenous All Stars Community Camp, as well as Richmond’s Community Camp, he captained the Tigers in the game against the All Stars, and he also met some family members for the first time.
He spoke to ‘Roar Vision’ in Alice Springs about his experiences in the ‘Red Centre’ last week…
“I was just happy to be out on the park, it was a beautiful night. It’s an honour to captain Richmond in any game, especially this one, which was extra special for myself,” he said.
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A few days before leaving for Alice Springs, Edwards received new insights about his family history, with help from staff at Richmond’s Indigenous Centre, the Korin Gamadji Institute.
Edwards was able to trace his family history to Santa Teresa, a community near Alice Springs.
During last week’s visit, Edwards travelled to Santa Teresa with teammates.
“It’s (Santa Teresa) about 100km from Alice Springs. I was lucky enough to meet a few distant relatives. They came down after the game, back to the hotel, and I sat around listening to stories,” he said.
Edwards said emotions ran high when he met his family, and they filled him in about relatives and his family heritage.
“I can’t wait to call my grandmother and my mum and tell them all about my community visit, and after the game. It’s been a pretty big week.”