Christian will use an updated version of the original artwork that McNeill created during the BBL season, he will also choose his favourite artwork created by Clontarf students to adorn a special bat he will use in the Renegades’ Indigenous themed match against the Hobart Hurricanes on 21 January.
The Renegades and Kookaburra will combine to give the winning artist once-in-a-lifetime experience to be a Renegade for the day alongside Christian.
Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes, champions of the Australian Women’s Team, will also get involved for the female student Stars Foundation artwork challenge. The pair will use the winning design and meet the winning artist ahead of an ODI in the New Year.
“It’s something I’ve been keen to have for a while, and it’s great last year that Kooka were keen to get involved,” Christian said.
“I found an Indigenous artist Emma McNeill on Instagram, who paints boots for the AFL players in their Indigenous Round, and they look absolutely fantastic. I got in touch with her and asked if she would enjoy being a part of it and she jumped at it. It’s really, really exciting.
Dan Christian proudly displays his Kookabura bat and its Indigenous artwork ahead of the BBL|08 match against the Hobart Hurricanes. Photo: Getty Images.
“We spoke about the story for me and where I come from and my journey through cricket and life, really, coming from the country and having all these opportunities to travel around the world and play the game.
“That’s where a lot of the designs on the bat come from.”
Christian is proud of the work he and Kookaburra are doing to help tell the story of his heritage and to involve the Clontarf schools helps take this year’s bat design to another level.
“Kookaburra have given us a blank slate. Kids from the Indigenous Clontarf schools can design their own sticker, put their own design and story on it, and we’ll decide a winner. The winner will have their sticker printed onto the bat and I’ll use it in the match on 21 January against the Hobart Hurricanes.
“It’s a wonderful chance for the wider cricket community to learn more about Indigenous culture and also for cricket to hopefully be a viable career option for young Indigenous athletes.”