Sowing the seeds of footy fever among the Goulburn Valley’s multicultural community is the task ahead for three newly-appointed Australian Football League ambassadors.JOHN LEWIS April 12, 2014 3:21am
Shepparton-based founder of the Sa’Daat Foundation Dr Imran Syed will bring the Aussie rules message to the Goulburn-Murray region, together with Shepparton Bears recruit Tong Tong, and Echuca Hospital’s Dr Navita Mysore.
The AFL’s People, Customer and Community general manager Dorothy Hisgrove said each ambassador had been selected based on their community leadership skills and enthusiasm to share their passion for AFL with diverse communities.
Dr Syed said he had never seen or heard of Australian Rules Football when he arrived in Australia from India six years ago.
‘‘I phoned my brothers to tell them of this strange game where they use head, hands and feet,’’ Dr Syed said.
‘‘Australians are known as cricket champions across the world. It took me a couple of months to find out about football.’’
Now however, Dr Syed is a confirmed — even one-eyed — Essendon fan.
‘‘If you support someone, you have to do it with passion,’’ he said.
Dr Syed said he planned to visit Goulburn Valley schools with a large multicultural student base.
He will also join a bus trip with people from various cultural backgrounds to watch an AFL game in Melbourne in July.
Naturally, it will be a Bombers match — Essendon v Western Bulldogs.
Before that however, an AFL Multicultural Day is planned for next week.
AFL stars Shaun Burgoyne, Patrick Karnezis and Paul Johnson will take part in a free coaching clinic at Kialla Park Reserve on Wednesday from 11
AFL Goulburn Murray Region general manager Martin Gleeson said the clinic was aimed at boys and girls aged from eight to 15 years old. He said it was part of a larger plan to engage multicultural communities in and around Shepparton.
‘‘This is a great way to introduce the game to those who may have limited or no exposure,’’ Mr Gleeson said.
A fire truck has lost two of its back wheels on the Goulburn Valley Highway
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
Police Association slams secret roster trial.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
TRUCKtalk magazine all the rage with local truck drivers.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
An unknown sum of money was stolen from Benalla Golf Club this morning after thieves broke into its gaming room.
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