Young, Black and Proud


In July, the QFCC, in conjunction with ATSICHS Brisbane, celebrated the talents and strengths of young Indigenous people with the announcement of the winners from the 2018 Young, Black and Proud Scholarships.

The breadth of talent which came through in the Young, Black and Proud Scholarship shortlisting was extraordinary.

It was fantastic to see, yet again, the breadth of talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and, like the scholarship winners before them, the money awarded to these recipients will help them pursue their goals – whether that be further education, purchasing arts equipment and materials, or helping to cover expenses for sporting competitions. 

Read about all the winners below:

Akala SmithAkala is a local, regional and state basketballer and she aims to play one day for Queensland at the state basketball titles as well as representing her local Wide Bay community for athletics. Once finished high school, Akala would like to join the Air Force.

Aleisha CoxAleisha is passionate about dance and dances in the elite troupe and hip hop crew at Dynamite Studios Australia. Her crew came 12th in the 2017 Battleground Worlds Competition. She would like to study at ACPA when she is older.

Beau Hegarty-WortleyBeau is a hardworking year seven student who is a role model to his peers. He enjoys fishing, touch football and soccer. Beau's Scholarship will go towards the cost of schooling.

Bowman Jackson-JacobsBowman plays rugby league for the Aspley Devils and has been picked for the Met North team going to Townsville. He's also a talented touch football player who will be representing Brisbane in the Junior State Cup. His scholarship is helping to cover all of the associated costs. 

Brendan McKenzieBrendan is a BMX rider who wants to become a professional rider and make the Olympics. He’s also a member of the AYS Youth Advisory Committee. With his Scholarship the funds will help cover training, protective clothing and insurance.

Bryce BrodieBryce is a second year electrical tradesperson who would like to extend his studies to do a dual apprenticeship electrical and refrigeration. Bryce also volunteers as a board director on Aboriginal Corporation with the North Qld Land Council.

Chantel SempleChantel is studying an Advanced Diploma of Dance at ACPA. She performed in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games with the Bangarra Dance Company and has performed around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Charlotte EllisCharlotte plays clarinet in the advanced band, sings in the advanced choir and aims to join the concert band outside of school. She also is in dance troupe and has been dancing for six years. 

Cleopatra PryceCleopatra is pursuing a career in the performing arts and is working to become a professional dancer and teacher. She has been heavily involved in major festivals, productions and events around Australia.

Phina BondPhina has commenced Certificate III in Community Services at Cairns TAFE. After TAFE she will start a Diploma of Nursing with JCU Cairns. With her home town approximately 1000km from Cairns, Phina's Scholarship is going towards her accommodation costs at the Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways and her textbooks.

Dylan ToddDylan plays softball and his position is pitcher. He's been picked in regional and state sides and this year was picked for the U17 Australian team. 

Eric OakleyEric is a member of the Young Indigenous Basketball Academy and was selected to go to Samoa to play basketball as part of the Indigenous Cultural Exchange Program. Basketball isn’t his only talent having played didgeridoo at the Commonwealth Games.

Manny Murphy15 year old Manny is from Woree near Cairns and will be touring Greece this year after being selected for the Australian Futsal team. As a 2018 Young, Black and Proud Scholarship winner he is now able to join the team to continue his development in the sport.

Jak HillJak plays representative softball (U15s, U17s & U19s) for Ipswich and has also represented Met West U19s school boys. He is a pitcher and also plays 2nd base, short stop, 1st base and 3rd base. He is also a qualified Australian umpire. Dances in the Nunukul Yuggera Dance Troupe.

Jasmine RobertsJasmine is enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws at Bond University with her goals set on becoming a criminal lawyer.

Jordan ThimbleJordan is a high school student and is undertaking a Certificate III in Rural Operations and Agricultural Studies. After high school he would like to complete a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management and become a ranger.

Teisha CookKateisha is an artist who does weekly art classes at Kontraband in Toowoomba. She focuses on street art, but works in other mediums. Kateisha aspires to be a working artist with an exhibition.

Kaylah FrazerKaylah loves playing basketball and has represented Rockhampton at four state championships. She is in the Queensland Talent Development Program and aims to play in the Queensland Basketball League and then the WNBL and WNBA. Kaylah has her sights set on becoming a physiotherapist.

Lilly WinterLilly is a dancer who is completing her Senior Certificate while undertaking a Diploma in Musical Theatre with RAW Company. Lilly is also hoping to train as a dance teacher.

Malakai ValeMalakai is a year 10 student who wants to become a commercial fixed wing pilot. He would like to obtain his recreational pilots license, before working towards his commercial license.

Malakye BlowMalakye is an 11 year old primary school student excelling in maths and English. Malakye wants to purchase a laptop to help him and his brother with their school work and assignments. He also wants to be an HPE teacher when he finishes school.

Masud SandersMasud is an artist who works in a range of different mediums and canvases (Walls, Skateboards, and Cricket bats etc.). His speciality is large scale murals in public places.

Max CampbellMax is a talented rugby league player who recently made the State titles. The funding from this Scholarship has helped Max cover the cost of fees, registration and accommodation to attend the State titles.

Maylifa PeleseumaMaylifa is a 12 year old boxer who has been boxing for 3 years and she has a big goal of making the Olympics. Having already won State and National titles, Maylifa will use her 2018 Young, Black and Proud Scholarship funding to help cover the cost of coming to Brisbane to attend the Golden Gloves boxing event.

Rhyanna Yow-YehRhyanna is a netballer and plays at a regional, state and national level. She has been selected for the U19’s Budgies Indigenous Australia Netball International Schoolgirls.

Royston Sagigi-BairaRoyston is a music student currently studying at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. Royston wants to study a Bachelor of Music to become a professional musician. 

Sania AnauSania is a 24 year old from Saibai Island currently studying her Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Darwin University. Sania wants to work in medical, surgical, emergency in rural and remote areas.

Selwyn DynevorSelwyn plays rugby league for the Redcliffe Dolphins. After recently losing his parents, his sister cares for him and two other siblings. This Scholarship will be used to cover his registration fees, uniforms and equipment.  

Shameus EdwardsShameus is a talented touch football and rugby league player who has represented his school, Mackay and Queensland. Shameus has been invited to the Australian Youth World Cup under 18s selection camp. With his Scholarship funding, the cost of his football tour will be covered.

Shanae WaltonShanae had the second highest NAPLAN score in her school which allows her to participate in the Solid Pathways Program. She also plays touch football, the violin, horse riding and gymnastics. She wants to become school captain and a vet when she graduates.

Shaq FriskeShaq is a sports all-rounder representing Australia in the Junior Matildas (soccer), as well as the Australian Indigenous Women's Soccer Team and the Qld Indigenous Women's Cricket Team.

Skye GeorgeSkye plays netball and Oztag at a representative level. She has been selected for the Budgies Indigenous Australia Netball and the Qld Oztag team. In 2017 she played for the Indigenous Australian netball team, Qld indoor netball team and the National Australian Oztag team.

Taleatha Wright-MorganTaleatha is an Indigenous dancer who studies ballet, pointe, jazz and contemporary at the Promenade Dance Studio. Taleatha is part of their Dance Excellence program and is working towards completing a Certificate lll in Elite Performance.

Tameeka Clark-EnslowTameeka is a trampolinist who competes at state, national and international levels. She has beginners and intermediate coaching certificates and would like to undertake the advanced coaching certificate.

Tamika SadlerTamika is undertaking a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a Bachelor of Marine Science at Griffith University. She plans to study a Master of Climate Change Adaptation by Research and a Graduate Diploma of Land and Sea Country Management and then a PHD relating to Indigenous knowledge and climate change

Tanisha HastieTanisha plays football and netball. She plays in the Mareeba Representative Netball team at state titles and also plays football for the Mareeba girls’ team. Tanisha is a member of the Indigenous leaders program at Mareeba State High School.

Thomas OlsenThomas is studying Associate Diploma in Business at UQ College. He is the YMCA's Queensland Youth Parliament Member for Ipswich West 2018. Thomas helps at Jagera Arts Centre and wants to be the first Aboriginal Prime Minister.

Tiana ThorneTiana is studying a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology. She has a passion for health and fitness and wants to help people in rural and remote communities. She also plays AFL for the Thuringowa Bulldogs.

Tim DuncanTim plays rugby league for club and representative teams. He has been selected for the Sunshine Coast Falcons and the Chinchilla Carnival.

Whitney LandersWhitney is studying Certificate III in personal training and would like to study her Certificate IV.  She is passionate about supporting Indigenous people to lead healthier lives.

Zac MaynardZac has a passion for the dramatic arts and has been playing the piano for three years. After school he'd like to go to study at NIDA, Griffith University or AIPA.

Zane RatcliffZane is a student at ACPA and danced in the traditional Segment for Commonwealth games 2018. He received the 'Young Citizen of Australia Award' and wants to go to university to study Sports Science Medicine.

Willie BeasleyWillie is a 13 year old rugby league player fondly known as 'Kid Flash' who has already been selected to play local and representative football. Willie is using his Scholarship to help cover his registration costs and travel expenses for his upcoming games.

Young people make a tremendous positive contribution to our society and it is through hard work and programs like this where we can truly showcase the difference