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“It's something so special”: Why Smith holds Indigenous Round close to heart

Sudnay night, Melbourne Storm will line up against the Sharks for the Club’s home Indigenous Round donning ‘resilience’, a jersey designed by artist and educator of Yorta Yorta/Juru descent Shanai Kellett.

Resilience by Shanai Kellett

Showcasing the Club’s continuous support of Indigenous and multicultural players, their individual culture and community and emphasising the Club’s ability to bring people together, the design is particularly unique to Storm’s current Indigenous players and the celebration of its 25-year history.

Proud (Koorie) Bunjalung, Wiradjuri and Maori man and Storm player, Reimis Smith shares just how special his contribution the final design, alongside Indigenous players Jordan Grant, Ammaron Gudgeon and Seamus King-Smith, was to him. 

“We got to draw our totems, all the boys that were involved, and it's pretty cool to see it now coming out,” Reimis smiled. 

“You, sort of, can't describe the feeling because it's something so special.

“It was a cool process to be a part of it, to draw my own totem, and it took me a fair while to do that but eventually I got a half-decent one. 

It’s more authentic that I did it myself and what I drew went straight on the jersey. 

“I'm looking forward to representing that.” 

Round 15 will be the second time the Melbourne contingent pull on ‘resilience’ having already worn the art for their NRL Indigenous Round clash with the Dolphins at Suncorp Stadium earlier this year. 

The 2023 Melbourne Storm Indigenous Jersey designed by Shanai Kellett can be purchased now at the Storm Store.

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.