Gumurrii student support unit members with Borobi

Gumurrii student support unit members with Borobi, the official Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games mascot

Students from the Griffith University’s Gumurrii student support unit have been told of the great opportunities that Griffith’s partnership with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will offer them.

At a recent event on the Gold Coast campus, internships were the main topic of discussion.

Students were told how the Games internship experience would set them apart from other graduates.

The embracing of Indigenous recognition and reconciliation by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Corporation (GOLDOC) has seen it promoted as a major theme for the Games.

Students also heard from leading Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton and Reconciliation Action Plan Manager Phillip Jerrard who gave personal insights into their contribution to the Games.

Borobi, the official Games mascot with his traditional hand and foot prints, made an appearance alongside Chern’ee–the artist behind the work.

Mr Jerrard said it was exciting to see strong commitment and enthusiasm to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander opportunities through internships and employment at GOLDOC – one of the key initiatives of the GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan.

“I encourage indigenous students studying at Griffith to apply for an internship or roles at GOLDOC and be a part of the delivery of the largest sporting event in Australia this decade,” Mr Jerrard said.

Gumurrii Director Shane Barnes said there was no better opportunity for students to get involved in the Games, to look at what is available and expand their working horizons.

“I think this is a great opportunity for our students, because it gives them an opportunity, to not only be a part of the Commonwealth Games, but also give them something they can put on their CVs when they transition into employment,” he said.

Find out more about Griffith University’s partnership with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.