List of Indigenous Australian sportspeople

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Aboriginal Cricket Team with Tom Wills (coach and captain), Melbourne Cricket Ground, December 1866

This is a list of indigenous Australian (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) athletes and sportspeople. Sports is one of the areas of mainstream Australian society in which native Australians have been able to break through in some degree.

American football[edit]

Jesse Williams

Association football (Soccer)[edit]

Lydia Williams

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Cathy Freeman

Australian rules football[edit]


Nathan Jawai


  • Anthony Mundine Holds WBC Silver Super Welterweight title, & former Interim WBA Light Middleweight Champion, 2 time WBA Super Middleweight Champion, IBO Middleweight Champion.
  • Daniel Geale Former IBF, IBO and WBA Super Middleweight Champion.
  • Lionel Rose Held WBC & WBA World bantamweight titles. The first Koori "Indigenous Australian" to win a World title.
  • Robbie Peden Former IBF Super Featherweight Champion.
  • Dave Sands Held the Australian middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight titles and won the Commonwealth middleweight title, world boxing hall of famer.
  • Wally Carr Held the Australasian Light Middleweight title, Australian Junior Middleweight, Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight Title, Commonwealth Middleweight title and Oriental Middleweight title.
  • Tony Mundine Held the Australian middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight titles, Commonwealth middleweight and light heavyweight titles.
  • Ron Richards Held the Australian heavyweight, middleweight, light heavyweight title, Commonwealth middleweight title.
  • Jerry Jerome First Indigenous Australian to win a major boxing title, Australian Middleweight Champion.
  • Joe Williams
  • Neville "Chappy" Williams
  • Elley Bennett
  • Hector Thompson
  • Frank Roberts Australia's first Indigenous Olympic boxer.
  • Lawrence Austin
  • Damien Hooper
  • Cameron Hammond
  • Renold Quinlan
  • Paul Fleming
  • Keith Saunders
  • Bradley Hore


Eddie Gilbert


Field hockey[edit]

Horse racing[edit]


Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Rugby Sevens[edit]



  • Evonne Goolagong - She won 7 Grand Slam Singles titles. They were all in the open era.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Significant Aboriginal People in Sydney". City of Sydney. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Gary Ella". ESPN Scrum. ESPN. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Glen Ella". ESPN Scrum. ESPN. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Mark Ella". ESPN Scrum. ESPN. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
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  7. ^ "Issue 34, April 2009". Hearsay, The Journal of the Bar Association of Queensland. Retrieved 4 March 2017.