Benny Mills accepting the award on behalf of Person of the Year Patrick Mills.
Patrick Mills is a Muralag man from the Torres Strait, Ynunga man from South Australia and sporting legend.
A National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion and a three time Olympian, Patrick is a member of the San Antonio Spurs who famously won the 2014 NBA Championship.
Patrick is the first Indigenous player to represent Australian Men’s Basketball at three consecutive Olympic Games and is preparing for his record fourth Games in Tokyo 2020.
He is the youngest player to represent Australia in Men’s Basketball and he holds the Olympic record for being the overall highest points scorer at the London Olympics in 2012. Patrick has won numerous awards including ACT Young Australian of the Year in 2015 and ACT Sports Male Athlete of the Year in 2016.
Patrick uses his international profile to promote and raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and often takes time to share parts of his language with his teammates.
A strong role model, Patrick’s goal for the future is to be an ambassador for Indigenous people and continue educating the world on his culture. Patrick says ‘It’s who I am. It’s what I know – even more than basketball.’