Our Athletes’ Stories

Sporting Chance Foundation is currently looking for athletes to support.

Are you an aspiring Indigenous athlete with an injury that requires surgery? Sporting Chance Foundation is currently looking for athletes to support through their journey to get back on the field.

2019 Athlete / Injury Criteria

  • Indigenous athletes: 15 - 25years
  • Athlete must be or have been registered with a sporting club in Australia within the last 6 months
  • Have a new musculoskeletal injury that requires surgery   
  • Athletes passionate about their sport, staying on the field and are ambassadors for their community
  • Athletes who do not have access to private health care or the means to pay for private orthopaedic care

Malachi | Townsville

Malachi (15 years old) is a talented young athlete from Townsville who has played Rugby Union, Rugby League, and AFL all at a representative level! While playing rugby league he injured his knee in a tackle and was unable to continue playing the sports that he loved.

An MRI taken shortly after the injury revealed a complete ACL tear.  Malachi was devastated and was worried about what this would mean for his promising footy career.  His mother got in touch us and we reviewed his case and MRI.  It was decided that the best course of action was surgery. 

Malachi's surgery went really well and his rehabilitation is well underway with Sporting Chance partners North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre. 

  Malachi will continue his rehab until he is back on the sports field and is achieving his goals.  During his recovery period, he plans to use the strength of his culture, the help of his supportive family and valued role in his club and school teams to help him. He aims to one day play in the NRL.

We are keen to follow Malachi's progress and are confident we'll see big things from him in the future.

Peta | Townsville

Peta (age 18) injured her knee in a school touch carnival in August, 2017. Peta is an active young sportswoman and excels in a variety of sports such as touch football, rugby league and netball - where she has made numerous representative teams both locally, regionally and Indigenous teams. Her main passions are Touch and Rugby League and she plays for the local Division One Sharks Touch Football club.

Peta’s knee injury (a complete tear of her ACL) – was a real blow for her. She was worried that she might not be able to return to the elite level of sport she was aiming for, was anxious about having surgery and what the recovery would be. Peta’s mum got in touch with us and we set about liaising with her physio, getting Peta prepared for surgery and setting the wheels in motion for her op.

Peta’s surgery went really well and she is now working hard on her rehabilitation program with her physiotherapist (with guidance from our Sporting Chance Foundation physio team) and hopes to be back on the sporting field later in 2018.

We’re extremely proud of Peta – and can’t wait to see her back on the footy field in the near future!

Merinda | Penrith

Merinda injured her knee playing Oztag. Her knee was causing her a lot of pain, was clicking and giving way and felt weak. Merinda saw her local GP who referred her for an MRI that showed she’d torn her ACL. Merinda was advised by her doctor that she was likely to have to wait a year or more for her surgery on the public health waiting list. Merinda, who is very active in a number of sports and needs to be mobile for her job got in touch with us.

Merinda was already seeing a physio in her hometown and we liaised with them to get her fit and strong prior to her surgery. In early 2018 Merinda had surgery to repair her ACL. Her surgery was a great success and she is now no longer experiencing pain or giving way. She’s working really hard in the gym under the guidance of her physio (with input from the Sporting Chance Foundation physio team) and is on track to return to the sports field later in 2018.

Merinda has been such a star and we are looking forward to her sporting comeback!