Greg Inglis

Rights and Freedom

Biography

Greg Inglis was born on January 15th, 1987 in Bowraville, Kempsey , New South Wales, making him part of the Dunghatti tribe. As a young man, Inglis didn't complete year 12 but now attends Sydney University, studying business and marketing. He married his long term girlfriend, Sally Robinson, in 2010 and she gave birth to their son, Nate, in June 2014. Inglis is a professional rugby league player, currently playing fullback for and captaining the South Sydney Rabbitohs. He has played professional rugby league for Melbourne Storm, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Queensland (State of Origin), Indigenous All-stars and Australia. After nearly 10 years as a professional sportsman, Inglis has dealt with his fair share of racial discrimination, as a result he has become involved with several organisations that combat racial inequality and discrimination.

Rights and Freedoms

Greg Inglis has been and is still involved in many organisations that promote the rights and freedoms of the Aboriginal people. In particular, he is an ambassador for the Aboriginal Medical Service, an organisation that recognises the economical, social, nutritional and housing struggles that impact on the health of Aboriginal Australians and provides free health services across Australia. He is also involved in an initiative run by South Sydney Rabbitohs call 'Souths Cares'. He is dedicated to the education of young Aboriginal Australians and is extensively involved in 'Souths Cares' teachers aid program, assisting teachers with literacy and numeracy education. Inglis hopes to inspire young Aboriginals across Australia on the field as a sporting star and off the field as a educator and health worker.

Short term successes

Greg Inglis has had many short term successes since he first became a role model for young Aboriginals in 2006.

Through his work with the Aboriginal Medical service, Inglis has become an ambassador for Aboriginal health, promoting regular doctors visits and raising awareness for youth diabetes, drug and alcohol abuse and cancer.

He also holds camps for people of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders heritage to help them reconnect with their culture through language, dance and hunting. His goal is to reeducated young Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders about the culture they have been disconnected from.

Inglis also sponsors many aspiring athletes including a rugby league team of young Indigenous men, to whom he donated $3000 towards their European football tour, without even meeting them. He also organised for two young runners to train in Jamaica with Olympic champion Usain Bolt's support team.

Inglis also supports Oxfam Australia's 'Close the gap' initiative, aiming to eliminate the 10 year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians.

Long term achievements

Greg Inglis' work with the Indigenous community and on the football field has brought him many long term achievements. Not only is a he one of Australia's most treasured sports stars, winning many awards including five Dally M awards and the Clive Churchill medal, he is also one of the biggest advocates for Aboriginal health and education in Australia.

His work with the Souths Cares organisation has inspired hundreds of young Aboriginal children to continue their education and achieve their best, he also encourages them through his own pursuit of higher education at Sydney University. He has changed the lives of many young people, teaching them literacy and numeracy, to give them the best shot at life they can get. Without an education, they are more at risk of becoming unemployed and having financial and medical problems in the future. This is just one of Inglis' long term achievements.

He has also improved the lives of countless Indigenous people through his work with the Aboriginal Medical Service, providing free health services for Indigenous people in suburban and remote areas. He has a strong passion for changing the way people think about Indigenous people and their health, "It's vitally important to raise awareness and truly understand what close the gap is. It's closing the gap between Indigenous and the non-Indigenous health and life expectancy."

Summary

Greg Inglis strongly believes that all people - Indigenous and non-Indigenous- should have equal rights and opportunities when it comes to medical services and education. He believes it is imperative to the future of the Indigenous people that all young Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people are connected to their culture and receive the best educational and medical opportunities they can to continue the Aboriginal way of life.

Bibliography

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  • Souths Cares. (n.d.). Retrieved September 10, 2015.

  • Badel, P. (2014, October 4). Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis’s generosity revealed, as he shatters the image of a typical rugby league player. Retrieved September 10, 2015.