Tell us about your cultural background/who your mob is.
My family is from Katanning, down in WA’s south. My Aboriginal decent comes from my dad's side of the family. His Nan is one of the last ones standing who is actually related to Polly Farmer, they were cousins so that's where my Indigenous background comes from.

Tell us about your journey to football. Where did the love/passion for the sport come from?
My passion has come from growing up with my dad, he played for Perth Demons in the WAFL and I was lucky enough to watch him coach and play in some of their NAIDOC and Indigenous Rounds that they had. That is definitely where it grew and I guess it's never really stopped from there. He supports me the whole way through as well so it runs in the family.

Who has been one of your biggest supporters and or Indigenous role models in your life?
I've been lucky, because my dad is where my Indigenous background comes from, he has been through footy his whole life and mentored me and shown me a lot about our culture and about our Uncles as well. That's where I've been able to get a lot of my information from, as well as my Great Nan.

57:18 Mins
Published on

PODCAST | Kickin' Back with Tiah Haynes

The inspirational story of Tiah Haynes highlights this show as well as many good laughs. Sit back and relax, it's our longest pod ever.

Published on

What Indigenous issues are you most passionate about and why?
The most common one is probably the overview that people have of what an Aboriginal person is like. That's the one that gets you to the heart when we've got people that work really hard and try and improve the culture as as whole. I guess that's probably the one that hits closest to home for most people.

Why is having an AFLW Indigenous Round important for you and your community?
It's just really important to recognise how far we've come as a culture as well as being able to showcase the girls and guys that get the opportunity to represent their culture in this kind of round. It's really important for us to be able to express how privileged we are to be a part of a round like this, but also reflect on where we've come from as well.

In speaking to our 'HEAR US' theme, is there a message you would like to give to Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander women and girls?
If you've got a focus or a passion, make sure you really drive and outsource to achieve those goals. There are a lot of stereotypes out there but this is the only way for women and men as well to put it out there that we are driven women and that we are able to do the things we're able to dream of as well.

INDIGENOUS PROFILES

Freo's Indigenous round clash against Brisbane is proudly supported by the club’s Indigenous Program Partner, and co-major partner, Woodside. As part of this partnership Woodside works with the club on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives such as activities at this weekend’s game and also consults with the club on the development and execution of its Reconciliation Action Plan.

To view the Fremantle Dockers Reconciliation Action Plan click here.