Geraldton student designs shirt

Midwest Times
Strathalbyn student Calli-Rose Woods shows off the shirt she designed with mum, Julie.
Camera IconStrathalbyn student Calli-Rose Woods shows off the shirt she designed with mum, Julie. Credit: Tamra Carr/Picture: Tamra Carr, Tamra Carr The Geraldton Guardian

For the first time, Strathalbyn Christian College is sending a country week squad to Perth and, thanks to Calli-Rose Woods, they will be going down in style.

The Year 12 student and her mum Julie designed an indigenous-themed country week shirt for the 40-odd Strathalbyn representatives to wear in late June and early July.

The circle represents a meeting place and the skateboard-shape in the middle is a message stick, symbolic of a welcome to country.

Despite a clear knack for design, Calli-Rose said she had little interest in fashion and wanted a career in sport.

“I like the idea of working with kids in sport or becoming an athlete — with football or basketball,” she said.

The 17-year-old is already well on her way, supported by a close family relationship with Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation boss Adrian Bartlett and her team, the Olympians, in the Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association.

She has been named school and basketball captain for country week and looks forward to showing Strathalbyn’s custom-made shirts to schools in Perth.

“I’m pretty proud of myself, yeah,” Calli-Rose said. “So is Mum. She was a bit shocked at the start.

“I’m from a small town called Wyndham in the Kimberley.

“So I never went to country week until last year when I went down to watch my nephew.

“I couldn’t believe how many students were there. I had never seen so many people in my life.”

Each student shirt Calli-Rose designed has a nickname on the back.

Hers is “Woodzy”.

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