Playing at a World Cup is something most people can only dream of.
Being able to play a sport you’re passionate about against the best the world has to offer.
It’s something Brandy Lamb is currently looking forward to with the Dubbo teenager to play for the Australian Indigenous Oztag under 21s team at the 2018 International Tag Federation World Cup at Coffs Harbour in November.
Lamb, 18, is thrilled about the chance to take part in an event which focuses on much more than the on-field action.
“It’s an honour not just to be picked in the team but to go out and represent not only my culture, but my family,” she said.
“You go out there and play for what you believe in and it’s amazing to be picked for a team like this and just to get a shot and the opportunity to play representative footy.”
Lamb is originally from Goodooga but after attending school at Forbes’ Red Bend College she now calls Dubbo home.
An ability to play at the highest level should come as no shock as cousin Rikka Lamb-Lane, also from Dubbo, represented Australian Indigenous Oztag in the past before linking up with the South Sydney Rabbitohs while another relation, Farren Lamb, is carving out a successful season in Group 11 with the Forbes Magpies.
Brandy said she took inspiration from both of those family members and was even led to apply for a spot in the team after seeing Rikka take her chance in recent years.
And much like her relations, Brandy Lamb is incredibly proud to represent her community and culture on the big stage.
You go out there and play for what you believe in.Brandy Lamb
“There’s a lot more to it than just playing,” she said.
“The other countries there, it’s about representing their culture and they’ll show that by dancing or singing or something like that and it’s going to be an awesome experience to not only represent your culture but go out there and take a look at everyone else’s.”
The Australian Indigenous Oztag organisation itself aims to inspire and promote healthy and active lifestyles, cultural identity, awareness and pride, leadership, self-esteem and teamwork.
In terms of what will happen on the field, the standard is expected to be at the highest level.
Thirty other countries, including England, New Zealand and Japan, will take part in a tournament which consists of 19 divisions and runs for four days.
“You’ve got to go out there and play our hardest and want to play,” Lamb said.
“It’s about fun but it’s also about winning and at the end of the day if we lose we’ll keep our heads held high because there’s always another shot.”
While it will be an incredible experience, Australian Indigenous Oztag is a not-for-profit corporation which means the trip is self-funded.
Lamb is hoping to gain some sponsorship from local people and businesses to help make the opportunity to play for her country and culture a reality.
Anyone interested in assisting Lamb can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.