William Kennedy Junior

Cronulla Sutherland Sharks NRL player and 2021 Monty Porter medal winner.

Will is a proud Gamilaroi man whose family hails from Walgett in northern NSW, Kennedy’s totems are the eagle and emu. “Moving to a hostel with 20 other Aboriginal boys played a really big role in my life. Coming from a close and connected family moving away was hard.

“It shows how all us young boys and girls can move away from homes and come together as one. It’s good, how it played out in my life as well, because if I didn’t go to Kirinari, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

William Kennedy Junior
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