Syd Jackson



Syd Jackson (born 1 July 1944) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Carlton Blues during the 1970s. He usually played in the centre or half forward flank.

An Indigenous Australian, Jackson started his professional footballing career at East Perth in 1963. He was equal first in that year’s Sandover Medal count although he was ineligible due to suspension and in 1966 he was named East Perth’s best and fairest.

Syd was removed from his family and homelands in Leonora Western Australia as a child to the former Roelands Mission (now Roelands Village) under Assimilation policies of the day. Syd is a strong advocate for the Outback Academy RESPECT Program and Red Dust Heelers and Red Dust Healing programs. He brings his love of competitive sport and recreational opportunities as well as his understanding of the importance of furthering educational and employment opportunities to his Ambassadorial role.

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