Australia Post AFL Multicultural Program Ambassadors
The AFL Multicultural Program has appointed 12 Australia Post AFL Multicultural Ambassadors in 2015. These players are:
Nic Naitanui (Fijian) works one day per week at the WAFC supporting the ongoing development of the WA multicultural strategy and the Naitanui Talent Academy.
Bachar Houli (Lebanese) works one day per week at AFL House developing the Bachar Houli Islamic schools program in Victoria, NSW, QLD and WA and will work on its expansion following an increase in Federal Government funding.
Nick Malceski (Macedonian) supports the AFL Queensland multicultural strategy through key appearances at multicultural events, including Multicultural Round.
David Zaharakis (Greek) will continue driving the Zahrakais Multicultural Academy in Northern Melbourne and will attend key multicultural events.
Paul Puopolo (Italian) will assist in the management of the AFL Multicultural talent camps and National All Nations Cup, as well as attend key multicultural events.
Alipate Carlile (Fijian) works one day per week with the SANFL supporting the ongoing development of the SA multicultural strategy, talent academy and facilitates cultural education sessions with community football clubs.
Stephen Coniglio (Italian) will work with the NSW Multicultural Talent Academy, help drive NSW Multicultural Round, as well as be a Talent Mentor to multicultural participants in the talent pathway.
Lin Jong (Taiwanese and East Timorese) will work on participation programs in the Western suburbs of Melbourne including a multicultural Auskick centre and will facilitate cultural education sessions with community football clubs.
Jobe Watson is passionate about uniting diverse communities through Australian Football and will support the AFL multicultural strategy through key appearances at multicultural events, including AFL Multicultural Round.
Jimmy Toumpas (Greek) will facilitate cultural education sessions with community leagues and community football clubs as well as assist with multicultural talent programs in particular the Toumpas Academy in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.
Patrick Karnezis (Greek) will work on the Multicultural Community Ambassador program as well as the AFL’s multicultural festivals strategy and social media strategy.
James Aish is passionate about uniting diverse communities through Australian Football and will support the ongoing development of the AFL Queensland Multicultural strategy and programs including the Queensland All Nations Cup.
Throughout the year, the Australia Post AFL Multicultural Ambassadors will work with local groups towards raising cultural awareness and uniting individuals and communities across the country.
The Multicultural Ambassadors will play a leading role in the AFL Multicultural Round to be held this year in Round 18 of the Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
With the support of Australia Post, the round will celebrate ‘Many Cultures. One Game’ and will highlight the community engagement initiatives currently being undertaken by the Australian football industry, as well as the many players from culturally diverse backgrounds who make up 15 per cent of the AFL player list.