This post has nothing to do with marriage equality, or same-sex families, or gay political parties, or anything GLBTIQ for that matter. This post is purely for fun…well almost.
A week ago I heard a rumour at the kids’ school that one of the teachers, Shelley Ware, had been nominated for a Logie! Shelley is a Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu Aboriginal woman from South Australia who teaches our literacy intervention program. Last year I wrote a blog about Shelley and her father, Bob Ware, for NAIDOC week. Her dad was the first ever Aboriginal policeman and was a prominent leader and highly respected Elder. It’s a lovely story: He never raised his voice, but he was heard.
In her other life Shelley is a presenter on the Indigenous footy show, Marngrook, which airs live on NITV and again SBS on Thursdays at 7.30-9.00. I thought it would be fun to find out a little more and then maybe help Shelley get a few votes…
Jacqui: So tell me about Marngrook and being on the telly.
Shelley: Marngrook is a family footy show where we talk all things football from an Indigenous perspective. Our main hosts are Grant Hansen and Gilbert McAdam who are hysterical and very insightful about football generally.
Our other regulars (Chris Johnson, Ronnie Burns and Wayne Carey) keep me on my toes and try their hardest to get me to laugh and forget what I have to say every week.
Leila Gurruwiwi and I give a women’s perspective and present our own segments. I sit on the panel for about five minutes and present Around the Grounds where I talk with the boys about what’s happening at different clubs. From time to time I also do Footy Yarns where Leila and I talk to the punters at the games which is lots of fun!
Jacqui: And the name, ‘Marngrook’?
Shelley: Marngrook is from the Gunditjmarar language and means ‘game ball’. It was played with up to 50 players – women and children included – and had a role in the development of Aussie Rules as we know the game now.
Jacqui: A Logie nomination is pretty cool. Was that a surprise?
Shelley: I found out I had been nominated for Most Popular Presenter from one of my twitter followers. I read her tweet and then said to my husband: Do you think she’s joking? I followed the link she’d included and it turned out she wasn’t! I was thrilled to say the least; I feel so honoured to be in the first pool of nominees.
When I found out my name could be selected for a Gold Logie as well…not sure if you remember the high pitched shrill that went over Melbourne about two weeks ago…well that was me…sorry!
Marngrook is full of hard-working, dedicated and fabulous people. The boys make me laugh so much I wonder how people understand me when I’m on TV. Every week is a new challenge and there is always something exciting happening; I honestly feel privileged to be a part of Marngrook.
Now I thought it would be good to rustle up a few votes for Shelley so I posted this on our school blog and then I thought there might be a few more people out there who could be persuaded to help.
Those of you who follow this blog know that I love nothing more than a little social media campaign, and I did tell Shelley that, as a community, we’re quite good at this sort of thing.
So, first up, please go to the site and vote: www.tvweeklogieawards.com.au. It took me about five minutes, but I’m going to make it even quicker for you. You have to vote in seven categories for your vote to be counted. For consistency, this was my pick and I’m happy for you to use it too…
Most Popular Actor: Ernie Dingo
Most Popular Actress: Deborah Mailman
Most Popular Presenter: Shelley Ware
Gold Logie: Shelley Ware
Most Popular New Talent: Shareena Clanton
Most Popular Drama: Redfern Now
Most Popular Sports Program: Marngrook
Next, give this blog a big kick through cyber space: tweet about it, share it on Facebook and forward it to people in your email address book.
Vote. Share. Tweet.
(Voting ends March 2nd)