Media Release: Kyol Blakeney – Next Generation Indigenous Australian Leader

The Podmore Foundation released this media release relating to its upcoming Scholarship Presentation Lunch and its guest speaker, Kyol Blakeney.

Media Release

Kyol Blakeney – Next Generation Indigenous Australian Leader

 Few would have expected a Kamilaroi Indigenous boy from the remote Werris Creek community of north east New South Wales to become the President of the University of Sydney Student Representative Council in 2015.  Aboriginal children were not expected to finish primary school, let alone get on the bus to attend high school in Tamworth.   Kyol Blakeney did well at primary school and faced the possibility of being bullied had he fronted up to the bus to Tamworth.

The Podmore Foundation’s motto is Returning Opportunity and Kyol was its first scholarship recipient in 2008.  He attended Scots College, Bellevue Hill, Sydney, graduating as a Prefect and the Pipe Major of the Scots College Pipes and Drums Band.

In 2010 Kyol was the inaugural recipient of the Professor Mick Dodson and the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Scholarship for Leadership.  Professor Dodson and the Governor General symbolize the coming together of all Australians to encourage the next generation of Indigenous Australian leaders and role models who will help Australia with the unfinished business of its nationhood – closing the gap of disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Kyol will be the guest speaker at the Podmore Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship Presentation Lunch at the Royal Canberra Golf Club on 15 March 2015 1230-3pm.   He will join Professor Mick Dodson, 2009 Australian of the Year and a founding father of Reconciliation, to present scholarship certificates to seven Indigenous girls from rural and remote communities and towns boarding at Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS).  The oldest girl Larissa Woosup from MacKay, far north Queensland, is the CGGS Vice Captain in 2015 – another next generation Indigenous Australian leader.

(Note: Members of the Podmore Foundation Board are unpaid volunteers and the Foundation has no commercial, religious or ideological connections or agendas. )

For further information contact Ms Tamara Shaw, Podmore Foundation’s Director of Communications and Public Relations

Further Information on Kyol Blakeney and the Podmore Lunch on 15 March

The Podmore Foundation , in conjunction with implementing partner, Yalari  ,  connected Kyol Blakeney’s  talent, determination and leadership potential to the opportunity for a first class education  at  Scots College, Sydney.

He graduated in 2011 after distinguishing himself as the Pipe Major of the Scots College Pipes and Drums, proficient in both didjeridoo and bagpipes.  He is believed to be the first Aboriginal person ever to have played bagpipes in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and piped Prince Edward onto the stage of the Opera House for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  He also played bagpipes for the rock band ACDC at a concert in Sydney.


Lunch Attendees

Kyol Blakeney – President of the University of Sydney’s Student Representative Council and Podmore’s first scholarship recipient in 2008.

Seven scholarship recipients

  • Larissa, Year 12 from Mackay, QLD – the ‘Warawitcha’ Scholarship and the 2014 Professor Mick Dodson and the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Scholarship for Leadership
  • Mia, Year 11, from Cairns, QLD – the ADFA Graduates Association Scholarship
  • Lyric, Year 11, from Cairns, QLD – the Gwen Breen Memorial Scholarship
  • Isabella, Year 9, from Moree, NSW – the inaugural Brigadier Damian ‘Dolly’ Roche Memorial Scholarship
  • Sarah-Cait, Year 9, from Moree, NSW – the Charles and Kathleen Pannell Memorial Scholarship
  • Elanor, Year 9, from Wodonga, VIC – the ‘Warawitcha’ Scholarship
  • Angelina, Year 8, from Leeton, NSW – the 2014 Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies Class Scholarship

Professor Mick Dodson, 2009 Australian of the Year, Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University and a Professor of law at the ANU College of Law, to attend with his wife, Toni Bauman

The Principal of Canberra Girls Grammar School, Mrs Anne Coutts,

Ms Cath Ingram, Lead Partner, Federal Government, KPMG Canberra

Mr Stewart McNeill, Student Development Manager at Canberra (Boys) Grammar School (CGS).


To download this media release, please click the following link: MEDIA RELEASE – PODMORE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP LUNCH