Tim Lincoln, pictured, with students holding their new Coles AFL Schools goal post pads for their new AFL posts at OLOSCC

Darling Downs Ambassador Launch

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Queensland’s Darling Downs region is fast becoming an AFL heartland.
 
Despite being hit hard by the 2011 floods, the region has bounced back in all respects, including school and club AFL.
 
Keith Webb, AFLQ Darling Downs Development Manager, ran an inaugural launch event in Toowoomba last month to mark the start of the school footy season and induct the region’s AFL School Ambassadors for 2012.
 
With Coles in attendance as the new AFL Schools partner, Keith presented on the annual programs offered, competitions, school sport days, as well as their inaugural School Ambassador Tipping and Dream Team leagues for the Downs.
 
In a new initiative for the region, the Ambassadors will also be competing on a points scale for Ambassador of the Year honours. Through various forms of participation, entering school teams, transitioning students to club footy, identifying new talent etc, Ambassadors can earn points to go towards winning the Ambassador of the region award for 2012.
 
The Downs has seen so much growth that their AFLSA numbers have grown from 27 to 48 over the last year, with more and more teachers and schools getting involved in AFL.
 
The Downs is also the home of Queensland’s 2011 AFL School Ambassador of the Year, Tim Lincoln, who hails from the small town of Dalby, just over an hour west of Toowoomba.
 
Tim, a teacher at Our Lady of the Southern Cross College (OLOSCC), was one of the speakers at the event and told his tale of winning a trip to Melbourne for the AFL Finals as State Winner last year.
 
“I thought someone was setting me up” recalled Tim, after receiving the phone call from AFL Queensland that he had won the award and trip. “I didn’t believe it at first. It was a great trip.
 
“We attended the Collingwood v West Coast match – I was supporting West Coast who had their chances in the game but goal kicking let them down.”
 
Tim has been instrumental in AFL growing in schools in Dalby, with goal posts even going up last year at OLOSCC.

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