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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Marcia Ella, 2006

Sahlan Hayes

gelatin silver photograph on resin-coated paper

Marcia Ella-Duncan (b. 1963), a descendant of the Yuin nation, was the first Indigenous scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport and the first Indigenous woman to play international netball for Australia. The younger sister of Australian rugby stars Mark, Glen and Gary Ella, she represented NSW at Under-21 level before being included in the national squad that toured England in 1986. In 1987 she played in Netball's World Championships in Scotland, at which the Australian team finished equal runners-up. In all she has received 18 Test caps for Australia. Ella-Duncan has a long history of involvement in Aboriginal affairs in areas such as criminal justice, community development and land management, with a particular passion for family and child well-being. She chaired the NSW Aboriginal Child Sexual Assault Taskforce, and has been a member of the NSW Aboriginal Child Sexual Assault Ministerial Advisory Panel and the Northern Territory Emergency Response Review Board. Viewing sport as an effective way to promote individual and community health, self-worth and pride, she continues to coach young Aboriginal people.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006
© Sahlan Hayes

Accession number: 2006.87.2

Currently on display: Gallery Six (Tim Fairfax Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Sahlan Hayes (age 39 in 2006)

Marcia Ella (age 43 in 2006)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick
Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick
Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick
Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick

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Introduction The National Portrait Gallery’s photographic exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus explores various interpretations of Australian sporting men and women.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.