Chad Wingard and Hamish Hartlett with their boots painted by artist Shane Cook. Photo: Mark Brake.
PORT Adelaide’s tribute to the Aboriginal culture will extend beyond wearing the Indigenous jumper designed by Chad Wingard’s family on Saturday to have the team in boots with Aboriginal art designs.
Artist Shane Cook has painted the Power players’ boots working to the same “Tree of Life” theme presented on the jumper by Wingard’s grandmother, Barb.
Power midfielder Hamish Hartlett says the club’s non-indigenous players appreciate the symbolism in both the Wingard jumper design and Cook’s boots.
“The seven gold stars on each boot represent the seven Aboriginal players and the learning we as non-Indigenous team-mates have of Aboriginal traditional culture during Indigenous round,” Hartlett said.
“The roots at the back of the boots represent the connection to country and works so well with Barb Wingard’s jumper. The players get a real kick out of wearing Aboriginal dot art on their boots — and recognise it is a privilege to wear these boots.”
Wingard, who was emotional in formally presenting the Indigenous jumper at Alberton yesterday, thanked his team-mates for a statement of unity during Port Adelaide’s away clash with Melbourne at Alice Springs on Saturday.
“The boots look brilliant — and the design ties in well with the guernsey Aunty Barb has given us,” Wingard said yesterday. “It is a great gesture from the playing group to wear these special boots in Indigenous round.”
It is the second time Cook has painted the players’ boots. He did the same in 2013.