2016 Award Winners

Each year the AFL recognises volunteers/administrators for their outstanding contribution to Australian Football through the State/Territory Volunteer of the Year program and the National Multicultural Ambassador of the Year program.

Each of the following award winners receive:

2 x tickets to the Toyota AFL Grand Final (with flights and accommodation)

The opportunity to walk in the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade

Congratulations to the following people who have been recognised as the 2016 State Volunteers of the Year 

2016 AFL State/Territory Volunteer of the Year Winners






Neil Dunn

Tamworth AFL



Janette Wray

Northern Territory FL – Waratah FC



Shane Jurgens

AFL Townsville – University Hawks AFC



Warwick Giles

Roxby Downs Junior Football Association



David Galloway

North Eastern Football Union – Scottsdale Crows



Jane Steicke

AFL Central Murray – Woorinen FNC



Dave Burton

West Australian Womens Football League – Joondalup Women’s FC



2016 Australia Post AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador of the Year Winner

Each State and Territory nominates their State/Territory Multicultural Community Ambassador of the Year award winner and from there a Diversity Committee then chooses the Australia Post AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador of the Year award winner.






Gary Lee

North Melbourne Football Club – The Huddle



2016 Volunteer of the Year Winners


NSW/ACT - Neil Dunn

Neil Dunn is the Chair of Tamworth AFL Junior Steering Committee and was instrumental in driving the formation of the AFL Tamworth Junior Competition in season 2016 which was in recess. Neil’s hard work with the 4 local clubs and dedication to junior participation meant 4 new Junior teams were created in season 2016 from nothing and roughly 60 local kids are now participating in our sport which seemed like impossibility not long ago.


NT - Janette Wray

Janette has been part of the Waratah FC Committee for the past 9 years and is currently the Head Trainer for the past 7 years for most of the clubs teams. It’s not uncommon to see Janette at trainings on Monday, Wednesday & Friday Nights and followed by attendance to games every Saturday and Sunday. She’s always the last at training cleaning up after everyone and always puts her hand up to help wherever she can throughout the Waratah FC.


QLD - Shane Jurgens

Shane is currently President of University Hawks in AFL Townsville and has provided 13 years of outstanding service. He has been directly involved in the following activations-

Established a new home ground for University Hawks after years of hard work

Incorporated a partnership with Shalom College to transition indigenous     participants to the sport and to his club

Organised an indigenous round for AFL Townsville with many clubs supporting it

Instigated club education sessions on alcohol awareness & player code of     conducts


SA - Warwick Giles

Warwick has provided 5 years of service to Football in the Far North region of South Australia. His current title is Vice President of the Roxby Down Junior Football Association but at the same time he’s also the Junior Umpire Coordinator, Under 9s Coach, Ground Manager, Umpires in the Under 12’s & 15’s competition and if time permits that weekend, runs water/plays/umpires in the Senior A Grade competition if numbers are short and he’s required.


TAS - David Galloway

David has provided 10 years of service to Football in the North East of Tasmania.  His volunteer roles and involvement in Community Football have included:

180+ games of senior football for Scottsdale Crows

Re-opened a closed Auskick Centre in the local area and was Head Coach & Coordinator 

Took on the Football Operations Manager role at North Eastern Football Union in 2015

Remains Club Secretary, Football Manager & Bar Manager of Scottsdale Crows


VIC - Jane Steicke

Jane has been on the committee of the Woorinen FNC for over 25 years and over that time has held various roles. Of late she’s now the Canteen & Catering Manager where she’s in charge of serving 150+ meals every Thursday Night out of a borrowed caravan after the Woorinen Clubrooms burnt down in 2015. Jane goes as far to pay for meals herself for players who are unable to afford it and she performs all her duties for the club on a voluntary basis to ensure Woorinen FNC is able to survive.


WA - Dave Burton

Dave has served the Football industry of West Perth for the last 16 years across a variety of clubs and roles. Currently he is President of the Joondalup Women’s FC which he helped start from the ground up.  Previously he was President of the Quinn’s Junior FC from 2000 where he held a variety of roles over his 10 year involvement and most recently he’s been also working with Wanneroo AFC, Whitford AFC and Kingsley AFC to help grow their female football strategies and grow their participation numbers in female football.


2016 National Multicultural Ambassador of the Year Winner


VIC - Gary Lee

Gary is a truly dedicated AFL Multicultural Ambassador who volunteers his time to regularly work with groups of international students to introduce them to the game of Australian Football and actively promotes the Welcome to AFL sessions held by North Melbourne Football Clubs “The Huddle” via his social media networks. Gary is very passionate about ensuring “The Huddle” programs are inclusive and representative of the diverse community Melbourne is today.

Year of Birth
This is Our Game
2017 AFL International Cup