Dusty Wilson

I am Dusty Wilson and I am a descendant of the Muruwari and Kooma peoples.

I currently promote healthy living through sport to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across the region through my role as Indigenous community Sport and Recreation Coordinator with the Toowoomba PCYC.

I have always had an interest in sport and following studying to be a teacher I took a position with the AFL. Whilst I was working with the AFL we did a lot of Indigenous programs, particularly with the Cherbourg community. This inspired me to continue in this field, however have always been passionate about healthy living through sport for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

I would love to see my position grow and the Toowoomba PCYC grow as well. There is always more to be done and a strong community need if only we had more capacity to deliver.

One of my biggest achievements is a regional tour program which brings national and state sporting identities out to smaller communities to deliver coaching to kids that normally might not have exposure to that sort of thing. This is able to be made successful through the South West Indigenous Network (SWIN), an incorporated body that all Indigenous Sport and Recreation Coordinators across south west Queensland is involved in.

I often get asked by young people how to get a job in sport and recreation. I volunteered while I was studying with Auskick and Aussie Hoops and that's how I got my foot in the door. You can't beat practical hands-on experience, so volunteer with your local club. An education is also important, so I like to encourage young people to stay in school.