THE GAME Changers will pull on the specially designed guernsey next weekend for the inaugural AFLW Indigenous Round.

Designed by 18-year-old Indigenous artist Ky-ya Nicholson-Ward, the guernsey intertwines Indigenous heritage, female empowerment and the journeys of our Game Changers. 

The front of the guernsey features a mother tree symbolising women, wisdom, knowledge and culture, with its roots depicting the Indigenous language as well as an everlasting connection to land. 

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Behind the design | 2021 Carlton AFLW Indigenous guernsey

Designer Ky-ya Nicholson-Ward talks about the meaning behind Carlton's inaugural AFLW Indigenous guernsey.

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The hands represent women and mothers, with the footprints along the side of the guernsey symbolic of each of the AFLW players’ journeys. 

The white, blue and navy circles depict seeds falling on the ground, symbolising growth and the next generation of Australians being taught the Indigenous culture, while the stars represent the Club’s current Indigenous players, all united in Navy Blue.

Depicting the support for the Game Changers, the back of the guernsey features a wedged-tailed eagle – a Bunjil, the creator and spiritual leader of the Wurundjeri people – while the circles at the top represent Carlton members, supporters and fans within the community.

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Blues CEO Cain Liddle said the Club was proud to unveil its very first AFLW Indigenous guernsey, which was created to hold significance for every Carlton person. 

“The introduction of an Indigenous Round in the AFLW competition is significant in itself and provides a very special opportunity for not only our AFLW players but the entire Carlton family to celebrate Indigenous culture,” Liddle said.

“We’re extremely grateful to Ky-ya who has done an outstanding job in designing our club’s first-ever AFLW Indigenous guernsey. 

“Each element of the guernsey is symbolic and is relatable to each of our players, club staff and the wider Carlton community and we can’t wait to see it take the spotlight on Sunday afternoon.”

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