Empowering Indigenous women through basketball: Adobe and WNBL join forces

Abby Cubillo, Shaneice Swain and Nes’eya Parker-Williams in their basketball uniforms.

A new generation of Indigenous women are stepping forward and using their talents and stories to raise awareness and inspire change, helping pave the way for future generations.

Adobe partnered with the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) for their Indigenous Round to celebrate the contributions and stories of Indigenous athletes Abby Cubillo, Shaneice Swain and Nes’eya Parker-Williams. Spotlighting the impact they have on the sport and their community through a series of artworks created by Indigenous artist Desirai Saunders.

By sharing their stories and inspiring others, they are showing the incredible talent and strength that exists within the First Nations community. Highlighting the impact that can be made when women are supported and celebrated, on and off the court.

Headshot of Abby Cubillo

“The resilience I have definitely stems from the female figures in my life and their life stories.”

Abby Cubillo, Adelaide Lightning, WNBL

Adelaide Lightnings, Abby Cubillo - a proud Larrakia woman - has been playing basketball since before she can remember. Despite being one of the youngest players on the team, Abby quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with on the court. Moreover, a role model for young girls in her community. She continues to inspire them to follow their dreams and pursue their passions, most-importantly attributing her success to the female figures in her life including her nana, mum and sister.

Shaneice Swain is a proud Yupangathi Gungalida and Gooreng Gooreng woman. Her devotion to her family and her passion to create change by inspiring young girls in her community to follow their dreams continues to be a driving force behind who she is today.

Headshot of Shaneice Swain

“It’s pretty special to me to be able to have a whole round dedicated to indigenous culture. Pretty exciting to see.”

Shaneice Swain, UC Capitals, WNBL

Nes’eya Parker-Williams, a proud Minang woman, is another talented WNBL player who is making waves in the sport. Like Abby, Nes'eya has also faced challenges along the way, including the lack of support and opportunities for women in her community. Remaining determined and focused, her success in the sport is a testament to her hard work and dedication.

Headshot of Nes’eya Parker-Williams

“I feel honoured and proud to represent my culture, especially through a game I love.”

Nes’eya Parker-Williams, Townsville Fire, WNBL

Overcoming obstacles and making a name for themselves, these three young players are paving the way for future generations of First Nation women and communities. Their success stories continue to inspire and build up female figures in their communities to pursue their dreams and break down barriers.

Abby Cubillo playing basketball with children for Hoops 4 Health

Women continue to play a crucial role in the progress of Indigenous cultures, and supporting them is essential for the well-being and success of the community as a whole. For years, the WNBL has been a platform for many talented and skilled female athletes in Australia, including those from the First Nations community allowing players to showcase their talents and inspire the next generation of females.

Their success is a testament to the power of hard work, dedication, and resilience, and their stories are an important reminder that anyone can achieve their dreams with the right mindset and support.

In the spirit of reconciliation Adobe acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community.

We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.