"OUR kids are deadly at everything that they try."
That's what Melody Ingra told the Observer yesterday at the Nhulundu Healthy Lifestyles Sports Day.
The action-packed event was part of this year's NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Melody is a NAIDOC Week committee member.
She is also the indigenous education advisor for the Gladstone region.
While many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids excel at athletics, Melody said it was vital to acknowledge their achievements in other areas.
"We need to challenge those stereotypes.
"You look at our people today. We have doctors, we have lawyers, we have teachers."
Still, Melody said sport was a great motivator. "We do use sports to encourage kids."
QGC Golf Day at Gladstone Golf Club from 9am
Rio Tinto Alcan NAIDOC Street March. Meet at Anzac Park at 9.30am
Australia Pacific LNG Family Picnic at the marina from noon-5pm