News Corp Australia engaged Balarinji to create artwork and a logo for its 2022 Indigenous Sport Month.

The 2022 theme of 'Pathways to Success' was based around Indigenous youth. Dots stretch across the design to show movement and development that sporting pathways offer for positive change. The colours for this concept is a bright palette that reflects a youthful vibrance to further reinforce and talk to Indigenous youth.

Balarinji created the design based on Warlpiri artist Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa's artwork Travelling Dreaming.


Travelling Dreaming represents the travels of many groups of women during Tjukurpa (Law or Lore time) in the area of Yarrungaunyi, on Mount Doreen Station west of Yuendumo, north-west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. This is Maureen's mother's Country.

Using a work of art that depicts women’s travel along creation journeys adds a layer of timely recognition of the importance of pathways for so many outstanding Indigenous women in sport.


All the different "skin groups" are represented, the circles representing their campsites, and the connecting lines the route of their creation journeys. It is about journeys and defined points of belonging in pathways across Australia.

The three camp symbols in the logo represent all the sporting codes and teams in Australia that embrace Indigenous participation and development. These motifs have been integrated into the logo typography, with a sense of movement that reflects the dynamism of Indigenous sports in Australia.


It is about the long, arduous journeys and the need for resilience, know-how and collaboration - the same attributes you need to succeed in sport.

Celebrate Indigenous Sport Month & support John Moriarty Football

Also celebrating the theme 'Pathways to Success', is Balarinji's affiliated charity, John Moriarty Football (JMF), named after Balarinji Co-Founder and Chair, Yanyuwa man John Moriarty AM, the first Indigenous footballer to be selected for Australia.

JMF is Australia’s longest running and most successful Indigenous football initiative for 2-18 year olds. JMF’s transformational skills program uses football (soccer) for talent and positive change. It has a track record of improving school attendance and achieving resilient, healthier outcomes for Indigenous children.

Every week JMF reaches over 2,000 Indigenous children in 19 remote and regional communities in NT, Qld and NSW with equal participation of girls and boys.  

Help JMF unlock the potential of Aboriginal children through football.