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Gurinjdi man Charlie King OAM is a veteran sports broadcaster and human rights campaigner. His expertise on and off the sporting field has made him a much-loved identity in the Northern Territory and around Australia. Territorians are renowned for their love of sport; both as players and spectators. Football, Sepak Takraw, netball, you name it, they play it. Charlie King is in the thick of it all each weekend presenting Sporttalk and Grandstand, Northern Territory style.
In 2008, Charlie became the first Indigenous Australian to commentate at an Olympic Games. Charlie King is a passionate campaigner against domestic violence in both the Indigenous and wider Australian community, initiating the zero tolerance sports campaign 'No More' in 2006.
Momentum for the campaign was consolidated in 2008 when NO MORE Campaign founder Charlie King visited remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory to discuss family violence. Charlie noticed a trend among the top end and central desert communities. Charlie saw that some men had very strong opinions on how men should care and look after their family in a positive way. He saw these men as future leaders, though they were small in number. Then in the middle was the majority, who made no strong action either for or against the violence. Then, at the other end of the spectrum was a group who felt as strongly as the first, but in that they should be allowed to control their families however they choose. Charlie saw the challenge as figuring out how to empower the men in the first group who want to see a peaceful change. Family violence is not, however, exclusive to indigenous communities. Accordingly, the campaign has reached out to the wider Australian community. Today the NO MORE Campaign has links with more than five sporting codes and nearly a hundred teams, and is still growing. A unique NO MORE approach to family violence has been developed, the domestic violence action plan.
In 2015 Charlie awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to broadcast media and the indigenous community.