2017 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 by providing AFL Merit Awards. Last year we expanded on these initiatives by introducing a National Multicultural Ambassador of the Year winner. 

2017 AFL State/Territory Volunteer of the Year Winners

Each State and Territory selects a State/Territory Volunteer of the Year award winner who receives:  

  • 2 x tickets to the Toyota AFL Grand Final (with flights and accommodation
  • The opportunity to walk in the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade

STATE / TERRITORY

NOMINEES

PRIMARY CLUB / LEAGUE / REGION

NSW/ACT

Chris Lear

Wyong Lakes Australian Football Club

NT

Alex Bisset

Sharks Football Club

QLD

David Bartlett

Western Magpies Australian Football Club

SA

Craig Tunkin

Millicent Football Club

TAS

Brett Sweeney

Launceston Football Club

VIC

Lou Ioan

Doncaster Junior Football Club

WA

Tom Busher

South West Regional Football Development Council

2017 National Multicultural Ambassador of the Year Winner

Each State and Territory nominates their State?Territory Mulitcultural Ambassador of the Year award winner and from there a Diversity Committee then chooses the National Multicultural Ambassador of the Year award winner who receives: 

  • 2 x tickets to the Toyota AFL Grand Final (with flights and accommodation)
  • The opportunity to walk in the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade

STATE / TERRITORY

NOMINEES

PRIMARY CLUB / LEAGUE / REGION

YEARS OF SERVICE

SA

Arjun Sreedhar

South Australian National Football League

8

 

2017 Volunteer of the Year Winners

 

NSW/ACT - Chris Lear

Chris Lear is the Junior Operations Manager at Wyong Lakes Australian Football Club and was instrumental in establishing two youth girls teams for the club this season and also a junior leadership group which meets with the senior leadership group who provide mentoring and positive role models and a conduit for feedback to the Committee.

 

NT - Alex Bisset

Alex has provided 21 years of service to community football in NT and was a founding member of the local Sharks Football Club where he served as President for 10 years. Alex was also a sports trainer for the inaugural AFLW Adelaide Crows team and was with them at their grand final victory. He is also a sports trainer for NT Thunder for the past 7 years and also volunteers as a massage therapist for the players.

 

QLD - David Bartlett

David has been a tireless volunteer for the Western Magpies Australian Football Club since arriving back in 1983. Some of the tasks that David does for the club are but not limited to: looks after the grounds and all surrounds, pulling weeds, painting seats, dressing rooms, cleaning player and umpire rooms post training and game days, organizes and runs BBQ's to raise funds for player awards, organizes club working bees, assists junior training and has purchased fitness equipment for players to utilize.

 

SA - Craig Tunkin

Craig has provided 18 years of continual service to the Millicent Football Club and is currently still on the Committee. Roles in his previous years have included League Committee Member, Junior Competition Council, Coach, Team manager, Auskick Coordinator, Runner, Timekeeper, Umpire, Club Equipment Coordinator and Clubs Grounds Manager. 

 

TAS - Brett Sweeney

Brett has provided 10 years of service to Launceston Football Club and his involvement in Community Football has included:

Introducing a Youth Girls Competition in the Nth and becoming Launceston FC’s Coach

Co-ordinates half time Auskick activations at all AFL games in Launceston

Auskick Co-ordinator at Northern Bombers & Schools Football Competition Manager 

Has also been involved in the Tasmanian Women’s League competition since its inception 2007/2008, both as a Coach and Volunteer.

 

VIC - Lou Loan

Lou has been a very diligent and hardworking volunteer who started coordinating and coaching two Auskick clinics in 2006, at the time he had two sons in the clinic. He continued doing that through to 2012 even after his boys moved on to play in a junior side. In the years of 2011 to 2013 he also coached his sons team from under 10 to under 12 and was an active committee member. He also took on the groundsman role every Sunday morning setting up and marking lines, cleaning club rooms and setup for the match day. The days Lou serves as Vice President at the Club but also still performs the Merchandise and Groundsman role.

 

WA - Tom Bushner

Tom has served the Football community of South West Regional Football Development Council for the last 17 years across a variety roles. He personally raised $300,000 by himself to fund a full time Development Officer for the region. He worked tirelessly to raise the amount needed from corporate sponsors as well as private donors and the result has meant that participation numbers in the region across both Community Football & Auskick have risen significantly. 

 

2017 National Multicultural Ambassador of the Year Winner

 

SA - Arjun Sreedhar

Arjun Sreedhar has been part of SANFL and the football landscape in various roles since 2009, volunteering as an AFL Diversity Community Ambassador and as an umpire. Arjun has performed the following roles over the last 8 years

Assisted in the inaugural 'Welcome to Australian Rules Football' program

Promoted football programs on community multicultural radio

Established a junior umpires development academy, aimed at high school students in SA's northern suburbs.

Year of Birth
Advertisement
This is Our Game
2017 AFL International Cup