Multicultural Round

This weekend’s round 17 in the AFL is Multicultural Round. Multicultural Round will be celebrated this weekend in the Peter Jackson VFL and TAC Cup via feature stories in the AFL Victoria Record.

Multiculturalism enhances respect and support for cultural, religious and linguistic diversity and acknowledges the benefits and potential that cultural diversity brings.

Australia’s multicultural policy embraces our shared values and cultural traditions.  It also allows those who choose to call Australia home the right to practise and share in their cultural traditions and languages within the law and free from discrimination.

In the Record this week we showcase the diversity of cultures that play our game in the VFL and TAC Cup.

Our competitions embrace cultural heritages spread from Sri Lankan, Indigenous, South African, Sudanese, Dutch, Italian, Greek, Lebanese and from New Zealand.

Highlighted in the Record are stories about:

  • Northern Bullants players Ahmed Saad – of Egyptian heritage
  • His teammate Adam Iacabucci – of Italian background
  • Frankston’s Khan Haretuku – with a family heritage mix of Maori, Yugoslavian and Scottish
  • Box Hill’s David Mirra – of Italian background
  • Williamstown’s Stephen Witkowski is the son of Burmese and Polish parents
  • Calder Cannons players Omar Abdullah, Osman Allouch and Adam Saad – of Lebanese background
  • Cannons player Josh Ojamiren - of Nigerian and Indian background
  • Western Jets Sudanese players Majok Aneet, Bol Kolong and Abraham Kur
  • Northern Knights Japanese player Masaki Miki

These are just a snapshot of the cultural stories to come out of our competitions, which we hope you will enjoy when you pick up a copy of the AFL Victoria Record this week.

Also, to coincide with Multicultural Round, the AFL asked men and women of football about their views on multiculturalism. Click HERE to watch the video

Did you know:

  • Since 1945, seven million people have migrated to Australia
  • One in four of Australia’s 22 million people were born overseas
  • Fourty-four per cent were born overseas or have a parent who was
  • Four million Australians speak a language other than English
  • We speak over 260 languages and identify with more than 270 ancestries


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