Yarralin Strong Active and Resilient

21 October 2015
The first Walangeri Sports Festival was held in Yarralin last weekend between 16 and 18 October.
Constable Cartmill explaining the Speak Up program to children
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Visitors attended Yarralin from Kalkarindji, Daguragu, Pigeon Hole, Lingarra, Timber Creek and Kununurra. A wide range of activities were organised for the weekend including:  AFL, basketball and softball competition, children’s disco Friday and Saturday night and BBQ’s throughout the weekend.

The festival was a tremendous success.

Yarralin Police members – Sergeant John Tickner, Senior Constable Chris Warfield, Constable Kelly Ewin and ACPO Kerin Whitnall were all involved in the AFL competition (playing for Yarralin). There were a series of games on Saturday and Sunday culminating in the final between Daguragu and Yarralin. The final was hard fought and eventually Yarralin prevailed victoriously.

The local police engaged with the community throughout the weekend. The Police Zorb Ball was a particular favourite with the local children on Saturday evening. Police also delivered the “Speak Up” campaign from Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to assist local children to better communicate with Police, Fire and Emergency Services when in need.

On Sunday evening the winning teams from all the competitions were presented with their cups and medals by local Traditional Owners and organisers.

Sergeant John Tickner was delighted by the community involvement in the events. “It’s great when the local communities come together and have a fun time” he said.

Local police were praised by the festival organisers, community elders and traditional owners for their whole hearted support of the festival.

Let’s hope next year the festival goes from strength to strength.