Four photographs of the 2022 Pacifica Youth Rugby Cup have recently been added to the collection as part of our Fijian Australian collecting project.
The 2022 Pacifica Youth Rugby Cup was held on 25 and 26 November 2022 in Mount Druitt, Sydney. Photographer Louise Whelan powerfully depicts the diversity of participants, the teams, and the preparation for games at the tournament. One of the highlights is an action shot of the Fiji versus Samoa girls team game, showcasing not only the inclusion of the girls teams in the tournament but the increased participation and interest in women’s sport in Australia.
While these images are a small collection, Whelan captures a number of important themes and stories that represent the diversity of Australian contemporary life. These include the importance and significance of continuing cultural identity and young women in sport, through to teamwork and how we live and play today.