Origins

Kai and Saya Sakakibara - Origins - PlayersVoice
Kai and Saya Sakakibara - Origins - PlayersVoice

Origins

The full cycle for us

Kai and Saya Sakakibara - Contributors

Brother and sister BMX riders Kai and Saya Sakakibara grew up in Tokyo after their parents were forced to leave Australia. Since returning, they’ve immersed themselves in local culture. Competing at the Tokyo Olympics would unite their heritage.
Archie Thompson - Origins - PlayersVoice
Archie Thompson - Origins - PlayersVoice

Origins

‘Mum, I’m going to make you proud’

Archie Thompson - Contributor

After getting in trouble as a young boy, Archie Thompson told his mum it would never happen again. In a remarkable twist, the career he then forged led to her reuniting with her family after 30 years.
Helen Housby - Origins - PlayersVoice
Helen Housby - Origins - PlayersVoice

Origins

Stubborn, weird and set in our ways

Helen Housby - Contributor

Back home in rural Cumbria, Helen Housby and her family were massive supporters of the nearby football club. The final second the '97-98 season is etched in local folklore. Don’t get her started.
Bruce Djite - Origins - PlayersVoice
Bruce Djite - Origins - PlayersVoice

Origins

A passion for bigger things

Bruce Djite - Contributor

His dad left Africa to explore the world, and Bruce Djite has loved seeing that sense of adventure in his own kids.
Corey Harawira-Naera - Origins - PlayersVoice
Corey Harawira-Naera - Origins - PlayersVoice

Origins

A house full of foster kids

Corey Harawira-Naera - Contributor

'We'd go without power and water at some stages. That's how bad it got sometimes, even with kids in the house.'
Bilal Akkawy - Origins - PlayersVoice
Bilal Akkawy - Origins - PlayersVoice

Origins

A legacy born in Tripoli

Bilal Akkawy - Contributor

You probably haven't heard of Bilal Akkawy's hero. He was born in the rough part of Tripoli, his father died when he was two and his stepdad disowned him. Then he moved to Australia ...