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.
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Race two of Kyabram’s Harness Racing meet, held at Echuca on Sunday evening, was declared a no-race when the Michael Bellman-driven Never Look Back fell with about 800m remaining.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
Heathcote police are appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Anzac Day.
Cobram Barooga locals are being asked to host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Australian Cancer Council.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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