TAIPAN Nate Jawai wears plenty of totally different hats.
Yesterday afternoon at the NAIDOC Week Family Fun Sports Day in Mooroobool, he wore the cousin, uncle and pa hats.
In a couple of months, he will substitute these with hats that characterize being a franchise participant and among the finest centres within the NBL.
After two straight seasons wrecked by damage, the smiling large man from Bamaga is optimistic his physique is in nice situation forward of an ultra-important season, personally and for his membership.
“There is a lot of pressure on me to perform as well. I understand what is in front of me,” Jawai stated.
“I’m constructive about my physique.
“I’m feeling nice.”
ROLE MODEL: Cairns Taipan Nate Jawai meets pint-size fan Nevaeh Collins, 5, at the NAIDOC Week Family Fun Sports Day in Mooroobool. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE.
Flanked by former AFL midfielder Aaron Davey and PCYC senior indigenous group sports activities and recreation co-ordinator Marc Harbrow, the 31-year-old helped ship sports activities clinics to native schoolchildren.
“Hopefully we can give these kids the inspiration that they can do it, like me and Aaron Davey,” Jawai stated.
“I used to be from the same scenario in Bamaga once I was younger like these youngsters at the moment are. If I may do it, all these youngsters can do it too.
“Coming right here is enjoyable, I’m completely satisfied I used to be in a position to make it right here as a result of it brings me again to being in Bamaga.”
The former NBA large man is among the few remaining hyperlinks to the Aaron Fearne period at the Snakes and is eager to see how the new squad comes collectively.
The attribute Jawai likes about newcomers Mitch Young and Roe Loe probably the most is that they by no means backed down taking part in towards him, giving him confidence they’re up to the problem of forming a formidable entrance court docket partnership collectively.
Jawai described the recruitment of import DJ Newbill as “excellent” however is most excited to be reunited with former teammate Jarrod Kenny.
“He was my guy in Perth,” Jawai stated.
“I know he is a guy that will never back down.”
Meanwhile, third-placed USC Rip City journey to the Far North tonight to face the Marlins in Round 12 of the QBL.
Rip City are 10-Three approaching finals and are led by former Brisbane and New Zealand level guard Isaih Tueta.
NAIDOC FAMILY FUN SPORTS DAY
■ Taipans star Nate Jawai, together with the Queensland Government, attended yesterday’s Family Fun Sports Day as a part of NAIDOC Week celebrations hosted by the Department of Housing and Public Works, Sports and Recreation.
■ The occasion introduced quite a lot of sports activities, together with AFL with former Melbourne Demon Aaron Davey, to the general public housing group of Mooroobool, the place youngsters aged 5 years and older participated in abilities periods.