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Portrait of Patty Mills.

Basketballer and Indigenous rights activist
Australian Capital Territory | 2022 Australian of the Year

Since leaving Canberra for the United States on a sporting scholarship in 2007, Patty Mills has had a stellar basketball career. In 2014 he became an NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, and he recently competed in his fourth Olympics, leading the Boomers to their first Olympic medal. In addition, Patty created history at the Tokyo Games as the first Indigenous Australian Olympic flag-bearer. He is currently setting the court alight with the Brooklyn Nets.

Off the court, Patty uses his profile to advocate for social justice and campaign on race and environmental issues. He is the founder of the Team Mills Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting communities and giving back to those who need it most.

A proud Kokatha, Naghiralgal, Duaureb–Meriam man, Patty also launched Indigenous Basketball Australia, which delivers programs and provides development opportunities for young First Nations basketballers.

Singlet worn by Danny Morseu at the Olympic Games, 1980

A yellow sports singlet with green striping on the sides; the number '14' in green on the front and back, as well as the text 'AUSTRALIA' on the front; and a green patch on the front featuring a design of a kangaroo and the Olympic rings symbol. - click to view larger image

Patty Mills is in the middle of the NBA season in the United States, playing for the Brooklyn Nets. His hectic schedule – four games a week – means he hasn’t yet had a chance to choose an object for display.

In the meantime, we’re taking the opportunity to display an object from the Museum’s collection. Patty Mills’s uncle is Danny Morseu, a founding member of the National Basketball League and the first Torres Strait Islander to represent Australia at the Olympic Games.

This is the singlet Danny wore at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, 28 years before Patty first represented Australia at the Beijing Olympics.

This exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images supplied by the National Australia Day Council.

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