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Talent plus at Deadlys Show

A stellar cast of presenters are lined up for the 17th annual Deadly Awards, representing some of the best known names in sport, music and entertainment.

Tennis icon Evonne Goolagong Cawley takes centrestage to present the Female and Male Sportsperson of the Year awards while Australian actor Jack Thompson and broadcaster/artistic director Rhoda Roberts are there to shine a light on who will be named Aboriginal Health Worker of the Year.

Australian supermodel Samantha Harris makes her entry onstage with Australia’s Got Talent’s Matty Shields to present the Band of the Year and Male Artist of the Year awards, adding glamour and a touch of showbiz to the show.

Music is well represented with two of the great singer/songwriters from the Northern Territory Warren H Williams and Shellie Morris.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett joins pop icon Christine Anu to present the Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education. The education award aims to place the importance of succeeding in education as just as important as any other Deadly award category.

“Education is a vital key to our community’s future,” Executive Producer Gavin Jones says.

“The purpose of this award is to show everyone that there are many great people out there doing great work to get our young people through school and higher education, and that such commitment should be recognised. This award also aims to inspire others to do great things in the area of Education for our people.”

NBA star Patrick Mills will be taking time out from his training schedule to join NITV newsreader Natalie Ahmet to present the major sporting awards for outstanding achievement in NRL and AFL.

2011 NAIDOC Person of the Year Terri Janke and Minister for Indigenous, Rural and Regional Health the Hon Warren Snowdon MP will be Deadly presenters with a central focus on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Finalists are strong for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health with Central Australia, Groote Eylandt NT, Kalgoorlie NT and western NSW programs competing for the award.

The Ella family, Gary, Glen and Mark, and Marcia Ella Duncan come together to present the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Always a high profile award, this year will be no different.

Tickets to the Deadlys are on sale online or through the Opera House booking office (02) 9250 7777 or email bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com: Ceremony Only – Adults: $45; Concessions: $30; Groups 10+: $30; Ceremony + After Party: $75.

The Deadly Awards will be broadcast on SBS One on Sunday, October 2 at 9.30pm and repeated on SBS Two on Saturday, October 8 at 7.30pm.

Vibe Australia produces the Deadlys awards, Vibe Alive, Vibe 3on3®, In Vibe, Deadly Vibe, Deadly Sounds and Deadly TV.

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