Jessica Mauboy Returns Home to Darwin for Sir Doug Nicholls Round Opener

Jessica Mauboy Returns Home to Darwin for Sir Doug Nicholls Round Opener

International superstar Jessica Mauboy is set to dazzle her hometown of Darwin with a special performance during the pre-match entertainment for the Sir Doug Nicholls Round opener between Gold Coast and Geelong. Jessica Mauboy Returns Home to Darwin for Sir Doug Nicholls Round Opener

Mauboy, a two-time ARIA Award winner, was announced as the headline performer for the event earlier this week. As an ambassador for Australian Made Week, which celebrates and supports local makers and growers, Mauboy expressed her excitement about returning to Darwin.

“The fact that I get to come home to Darwin and perform at the opening game of Sir Doug Nicholls Round as part of my role is icing on the cake,” Mauboy said.

The Kuku Yalanji woman has garnered acclaim not only for her musical talents but also for her contributions to Indigenous music. She is a three-time winner of the National Indigenous Music Awards Artist of the Year and has achieved six top-ten albums and 16 top-ten singles throughout her career.

AFL Executive General Manager Inclusion and Social Policy Tanya Hosch emphasized the significance of Mauboy’s participation in the Sir Doug Nicholls Round festivities.

“Having Jess join us for this occasion is something that we know many people will enjoy and adds so much to our festivities,” Hosch said. “Sir Doug Nicholls Round provides an important opportunity for footy to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of First Nations people to our game and the Nation.”

Gold Coast Suns Deputy Chief Executive Simon Fitzgibbon highlighted the excitement surrounding the Thursday night showdown with Geelong, calling it a “fantastic opportunity” for the club.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our club to host the opening match of Sir Doug Nicholls Round in the Northern Territory – a region with which we have such a deep connection,” Fitzgibbon said. “Having a world-renowned and locally-made talent such as Jess performing pre-match in her home city will only add to what will be a great experience to begin an iconic round on the AFL calendar.”

The event holds special significance for the Gold Coast Suns, with 10 players on their AFL and AFLW lists having connections to the Northern Territory. Fitzgibbon expressed the club’s eagerness to immerse themselves in the local communities throughout their stay in the Territory.

The Sir Doug Nicholls Round opener promises to be a memorable celebration of Indigenous culture, talent, and community, with Jessica Mauboy’s performance adding a special touch to the event.

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