A sports science student who completed an internship with Pilbara-based health and sport charity Fair Game says volunteering with the group has opened his eyes to what can be done to improve healthy lifestyle opportunities for disadvantaged children in remote WA.
University of WA student Riley Dolman completed a three-month university internship with the volunteer-led not-for-profit group last year and has since continued to work with the organisation, completing leadership training and putting his hand up to take on the role of secretary on its board of directors.
He said volunteering with Fair Game had shown him the broader experiences of children in regional and remote parts of WA and the fact that many did not have access to the same level of health or sports education as those in the metropolitan area.
“Through my work with Fair Game, “It struck me how little things that many of us take for granted are the things of dreams for others,” he said.
“The simple thing of having a ball to kick around or footy boots to wear ... while playing means the world to some kids and this is becoming a reality, thanks to Fair Game.”
Fair Game, which was founded in Port Hedland in 2010 by local emergency doctor and former WA Young Australian of the Year Dr John van Bockxmeer, delivers recycled sporting equipment and fitness and health education program to under-serviced remote indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia.
Since starting with Fair Game, Mr Dolman has been part of the charity’s general work of organising and distributing donated sporting equipment to remote communities in northern WA.
He also recently ran sports programs at a camp for 13 indigenous children from Tom Price, Karratha and Port Hedland at Karijini National Park.
Fair Game chief executive Nicki Bardwell said the organisation was glad the talented recruit was keen to do more with the organisation.
“Riley has been an exceptional intern and we are lucky to now have him as a member of our Fair Game ‘family’,” she said.
Mr Dolman completed the Fair Game internship through the UWA McCusker Centre for Citizenship.