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This study aims to investigate the reasons why Indigenous football players have had the level of success in their chosen sport in both the Australian Football League (AFL) and the Australian Rugby League (ARL).
Investigators will interview current and recently retired players from each league with the aim of identifying the social-cultural and learning methods used that have led to their success, despite significant social disadvantage and underachievement in educational outcomes.
The study will also aim to bust the common myths that Indigenous football players have freakish ability and are naturally gifted.
Dr John Evans from the University of Sydney will lead the project over the next three years with funding from the Australian Research Council, under the Discovery Indigenous Grant scheme.
Dr John Evans
University of Sydney
Camperdown NSW 2006
Ph: (02) 9351 7015
Fax: (02) 9351 5027