TAC Cup Legend: Dragon Ian Penn

Sandringham Dragons game day football manager Ian Penn is the latest TAC Cup Local Legend.

Penn was one of the first staff members at the club 25 years ago, and has been with the Dragons ever since.

He has involved his whole family at the club over the years, and was one for the first club life members.

Penn was honoured by former TAC Cup player, Melbourne’s Max Gawn, who returned to his U18 club for a Towards Zero Player Night.

Gawn is one of many top AFL players who have come through the TAC Cup, a partnership that builds leadership skills, including being a safe road user, as young people get a kick-start to their football and driving careers.

Each TAC Cup club is recognising their local legends this season for their contribution to the long running success of the competition.

TAC CEO Joe Calafiore said the return of role models like Gawn, who is one of the premier ruckmen in the AFL, reinforced how TAC Cup players have the opportunity to show leadership on and off the field.

“All TAC Cup players know how important it is to stand together as a team. This year we are asking them to stand together with us in the Towards Zero approach to road safety,” Calafiore said.

“We know that young Victorians are among the most likely to be hurt on our roads and that’s why our partnership with AFL Victoria and the TAC Cup clubs is so valuable -  it enables us to reach out directly to young people and empower them to become positive role models.” 


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