Gary Dhurrkay (4 March 1974-21 August 2005) had a short AFL career. But he was one of the great Indigenous Australian rules football players and a hero and role model for the Yolngu people.
Dhurkkay was a part of East Fremantle Football Club's 1994 and 1998 premiership sides in the WAFL. He was part of Fremantle's inaugural AFL team in 1995. North Melbourne selected Gary in the 1998 AFL Draft. After playing 21 games in the 1999 and 2000 season at North, Dhurrkay retired in mid-2000 to focus on his Aboriginal cultural beliefs and became a leader of the Marngarr community in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
At about 5am on 21 August 2005, Dhurkkay was fatally injured in a car accident on the Melville Bay Road, Arnhem Land when his car rolled and he was thrown from his vehicle. He was 31 years of age.
Russell Jeffrey makes an impassioned plea for the formation of the Gary Dhurrkay Academy. (Movie File for Faster Internet Speeds)
Russell Jeffrey makes an impassioned plea for the formation of the Gary Dhurrkay Academy. (Sound File for Slow Internet Speeds)
Type of Support Needed
To get underway the Gary Dhurrkay Academy needs $300,000 per annum. Russell Jeffrey is calling on all of Gary's former team mates and supporters to lend a hand in the formation of the Academy.
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Northern Territory - East Arnhem Land
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