This design represents the very people who influenced me to be the man I am today. On the front my father Henry Bray, my Uncle Lloyd Bray, and my two Grandmothers.
When I was young we used to go camping out bush a lot and there were many stories told around the camp-fire. Stories of the old times, about survival, stolen generation which my Grandmother and Dad were part of, dream time stories and about bush medicine.
As a kid you sat and listened and took in all the stories, the teachings of our old ways and new cultures.
The colours you see represents our central desert earth tones. Like ochre, yellow ochre, black and whites. The blue represents our rivers and waters. The lines that you see are my connections to my Bray family the dots representing my Aunties, Uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, past and present. All coming together to sit with the elders.
The back you will also see a significant blue circle and connection lines which take me back to my home of Alice to the Gap Hills where I use to explore as a kid and go on my adventures and practice the very survival skills from my Dad, uncle and Nannas who taught me around the camp-fire.
When I see the Gap Hills I feel at peace because I’m home.
Jason Bray spent the the first half of his life in his home town of Alice Springs. Jason has always been an athlete and when he was in Alice he represented the Northern Territory in baseball, football, school boys basketball. He also represented Northern Territory in Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20s basketball teams.
Jason along with his dad Henry, mum Debbie, sister Renee and brother Duane moved down to Adelaide when Jason was 15 and Jason’s passion was football, but he joined Woodville basketball club as an Under 16 player.
Jason then began to excel at basketball and it soon became his chosen sport.
He was a member of the mighty Seaton Seahawks that represented South Australia at the Australian School boys championships in Melbourne and was subsequently picked for South Australia in the SA School boys tournament for the Public school team with Scott Whitmore where they kicked the private school boys butt!
Jason played his juniors at Woodville and then was selected to play seniors which he played from 1989 until his retirement in 2003. During his seniors career he played over 300 games including the 2000 Championship. He won the league’s top assists for 1997, and was awarded life membership with Woodville and BasketballSA.
Jason was also a member of SEABL rep teams the Adelaide Buffaloes and Murray Bridge Bullets.
During Jason’s time at Woodville he became an accomplished coach and coached our Under 18 boys to win in the Melbourne Classics Championship.
Jason was honoured to have one of our junior perpetual trophies in his name the Jason Bray Award for Best Guard/Forward.
Jason is married to Hayley and they have two beautiful daughters Maddi and Zoe.
Jason was also one of Vera Craig’s favourites. Always! :-)