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Squash Joins Arafura Games

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The Arafura Games has welcomed a new sport to the program and two new Ambassadors to the team, with squash now part of the competition and Territorian sports stars Timmy Duggan and Crystal Attenborough signing up to help promote the Games.

Squash joins Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Basketball 3X3 Pro Hustle, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Football, Indoor Volleyball, Muaythai, Netball, Sailing, Sepak Takraw, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Weightlifting. Timmy and Crystal join Charlie King and Amy Hetherington, who were named Ambassadors in January.

The Ambassador’s role is a voluntary one, and Timmy and Crystal were out and about in the Darwin CBD today to encourage other Territorians to sign on as volunteers for the Arafura Games.

Timmy is a former professional NBL basketball player and founder of Hoops 4 Health, a charity that uses basketball to deliver youth health programs. He was the first Aboriginal Territorian to play in the NBL, playing for the Gold Coast Rollers in 1996 and the Cairns Taipans from 1999-2001. He competed in the first Arafura Games in 1991 and was a flag bearer in 2011.

Crystal is well-known in the athletics community and won bronze for Australia in the 2006 Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay. In 2007 she was named NT Sportsperson of the Year, and she was flag bearer at the 2007 Arafura Games.

The Arafura Games will run from April 26 to May 4, 2019. Visit arafuragames.nt.gov.au

Image: Paul Miller/AAP