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The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Inc. (LMRDT) was established in 1992 as the Lloyd McDermott Development Trust by a group of rugby enthusiasts who wanted to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders playing Rugby Union (RU). The organisation became incorporated in 1995 and since that time has concentrated its RU development towards schoolboys and schoolgirls in cooperation with Australian Rugby Union (ARU).
LMRDT primarily assists young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in developing their rugby skills and then using those skills a a means of personal development to assist in securing a future for themselves as adults. LMRDT's goal is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to view education as paramount and staying in school as a priority.
Since 1995 LMRDT has made it a priority to take Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school boys and girls on overseas tours to help develop their rugby skills, teach them about other cultures and to allow them the opportunity to share their pride and culture.
The organisation bears the name of Lloyd McDermott the first Aboriginal RU player to represent his country. Lloyd believed that combining education and sport could be achieved.
Abstract adapted from The Lloyd McDermott Development Team Inc.(LMRDT)