Leading into the 2019 Touch World Cup, Touch Football Australia (TFA) commenced a search for a suitable name that could be applied to all teams representing our country ongoing. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve determined that one of Australia’s most iconic animals, the emu, is the ideal representation of our national touch football teams for these reasons, among others:
- The emu sits beside the kangaroo on the coat of arms and takes pride of place on all Australian team shirts, over the heart.
- Sharing the coat of arms with the kangaroo reflects the partnership between the NRL and their national men’s rugby league team, the Kangaroos, and TFA and our national touch football teams, The Emus. Working side by side, representing both sports, are the kangaroo and emu.
- The emu has a long history with our Indigenous culture and is featured in many Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and artworks. The emu reflects our respect for our past, current and future Indigenous athletes.
- The emu, as with the kangaroo, cannot take a backward step. Our Emus program will always look forward and evolve; we will continue to look for ways to improve. We will never go backwards.
- Emus are athletic and fast; with long powerful legs, the bird can reach speeds of up to 50km/h and can travel hundreds of kilometres. Our athletes are fast and will run all day.
- The adult male emu aggressively defends his young, teaching them all the skills they need to survive as an adult. Our touch football program self-perpetuates – our senior players help develop the next generation, and on the field, protect them from the opposition.