The Gold Coast SUNS are proud to unveil its two 2023 Indigenous guernseys to be worn throughout upcoming Sir Doug Nicholls Rounds.
The guernseys prominently feature elements from Our Cultural Journey, an artwork designed by SUNS defender and Indigenous artist Jy Farrar and collaboratively contributed to by members of the Gold Coast community.
Throughout home matches at Heritage Bank Stadium in 2022, spectators had the opportunity to add their fingerprint to the artwork, representing SUNS members, supporters, players, staff and the broader Gold Coast community coming together to be part of Our Cultural Journey.
“I am proud to have my artwork featured on our 2023 Indigenous guernseys,” Farrar said.
“The inspiration behind the artwork is that we wanted a painting that symbolised bringing everyone together and we thought what better way than to have the broader community be part of its creation.
“It’s special to be able to showcase our Gold Coast community on the guernseys, represented through our members, fans and supporters fingerprints in the design.
“We can’t wait to play in the guernseys and represent everyone who has contributed to Our Cultural Journey.”
The centrepiece of the design represents the club. Surrounding this is the club’s dedicated members and supporters watching on with the stick shapes representing the goal posts at Heritage Bank Stadium.
The guernseys also prominently feature both the crocodile, designed by Larrakia man and artist Trent Lee, and the eagle, designed by Yugambeh man and artist Luther Cora.
The crocodile directly represents the Northern Territory and the SUNS players who have direct connection with its lands and waterways, while the eagle, which represents the Gold Coast, is a totem to some of the traditional custodians of the land.
The sun, which has been central to four of the club’s previous Indigenous guernseys as well as game day warm-up shirts and training apparel, is watermarked throughout the design and demonstrates the centrepiece and foundation of the club’s journey.
It also has special significance, representing the meeting place for everyone, connecting people together and embracing people from all cultures and backgrounds.
The names of Indigenous SUNS players past and present are also included on the back of the guernseys, as featured on previous editions.
The blue guernsey will be worn in the Round 10 QClash against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba and will be available for auction after the game.
The SUNS will wear the red guernsey in both Round 11 and Round 12 matches against the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide Crows in Darwin, and as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations in Round 16 against Collingwood at Heritage Bank Stadium.
The 2023 Indigenous Guernseys are now available for purchase through the SUNS Shop online. Click here to get yours today.