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I look forward to it every year: Martin

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Jack Martin of the suns in action during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Geelong Cats at Metricon Stadium on May 06, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/AFL Media)
I think it’s important to go out and represent my family and where I’m from.
GC SUNS forward, Jack Martin

The opportunity to represent his tribe on a national stage is a humbling experience for Jack Martin

The 22-year-old reflected on the symbolic nature of Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round when he spoke with

“Just to go out there, pull on the jumper and run out with all the other brothers, it’s definitely a round we look forward to throughout the year,” he said. 

As with the other five Indigneous players, Martin and his family are represented on this year’s Indigenous guernsey.

However, rather than an animal totem, Martin’s tribe name will be displayed on the side of the guernsey.

“My tribe is the Yawuru people from Broome, around the Kimberly region,” he said.

“I grew up in Broome and all my family are there at the moment.

“I think it’s important to go out and represent my family and where I’m from."

The Gold Coast SUNS will take on Melbourne in Alice Springs at 4.05pm CST on Saturday.


The 2017 Indigenous Totems

- Callum Ah Chee, Sand Plain Wallaby

- Steven May, Salt-Water Crocodile

- Jarrod Harbrow, Jellyfish

- Brandon Matera, Willy Wag Tail

- Sean Lemmens, Flying Fox

- Jack Martin, tribe name Yawuru (as above)