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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 January 2016
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 JANUARY 2016 NEWS Zaharakis and Toumpas to mentor young multicultural footballers AFL multicultural ambassadors 2016 announced The AFL and Australia Post have announced this year's Multicultural Program expanding to 18 player ambassadors, who make up 15 per cent of the AFL player lists across the 18 AFL clubs. Simon Lethlean, AFL general manager game and market development, said this season's ambassadors were chosen to reflect the diverse cultures continuing to emerge in Australian society and the AFL's commitment to growing the game in all communities. "Expanding our multicultural player ambassadors to include two female footballers allows Australian Football to continue its commitment in reflecting Australian society and ensuring it's an inclusive environment for all to enjoy our game, whether that's as a fan, player or official," Mr Lethlean stressed. "We're excited to add two female players to the list of multicultural ambassadors this year, whose talents were showcased in the female exhibition matches of 2015 and who are fast becoming well-respected role models within their respective communities. "The expanded list of 18 ambassadors, representing 13 AFL clubs and two female clubs, will play a crucial role in raising cultural understanding, inclusion and participation at all levels of Australian football," he added. Meanwhile, the program will include two female players for the first time in its history, who will be promoting some of the many diverse backgrounds in Australia's game. Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Darcy Vescio will be joined by Brisbane Lions vice captain Dayne Zorko, Geelong's Tom Hawkins, Fremantle's Tendai Mzundu, Gold Coast Suns players Adam Saad and Tom Nicholls, Sydney Swan Aliir Aliir and Western Bulldogs player Jason Johannisen. The new additions in 2016 join existing Australia Post AFL Multicultural Player Ambassadors David Zaharakis (Essendon), Jimmy Toumpas (Port Adelaide), Stephen Coniglio (GWS Giants), Paul Puopolo (Hawthorn), Shem Tatupu (Hawthorn), Alipate Carlile (Port Adelaide), Bachar Houli (Richmond), Nic Naitanui (West Coast) and Lin Jong (Western Bulldogs). Essendon player David Zaharakis will continue working on AFL Victoria's talent programs, mentoring young multicultural footballers and will attend key multicultural events. Port Adelaide's Jimmy Toumpas, on the other hand, will facilitate cultural education sessions with community leagues and community football clubs, as well as assist with multicultural talent programs in South Australia. All ambassadors will begin their duties during the Australia Post AFL Community Camps next month, where they will meet fans during school visits, community receptions and super clinics in The multicultural ambassadors at the launch on Thursday. PHOTO: AFL MEDIA. Generous Greece CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The person chosen as the new education coordinator came to Melbourne and left after two days (for unknown reasons) without giving any explanation. His replacement has not yet been set. As well as sending teachers, Greece still sends educational books to selected Greek Australian schools (it is not clear who has made the list of the schools and what criteria were used). In any case, the significant contribution of Greece to the teaching of the Greek language in Australia is relatively unknown to the Greek community and it is not always acknowledged by some schools benefiting from it. Hellas Juniors learn the Real way in Spain CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 David Zaharakis (L) leads Essendon players as they high five fans. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/JULIAN SMITH. both regional and metropolitan centres. The AFL Multicultural Round is to be held this year in Round 16 of the Toyota AFL Premiership Season, supported by Australia Post. "Australia Post directly em- ploys 37,000 people from 137 nations and almost a quarter of our employees are from non-English speaking backgrounds," said Ahmed Fahour, Australia Post managing director and CEO. Jimmy Toumpas reacts after kicking a goal at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/JULIAN SMITH. "We recognise how migration has enriched Australian neighbourhoods and we're proud of our connection with the AFL, which represents a sport that unites so many cultures under the one banner. "This year, we are thrilled to be partnering with some of the biggest names in the AFL to spread the word message on inclusion, acceptance and diversity within the Australian community," he said. Family home destroyed by fire The blaze took two CFA and two MFB crews 40 minutes to contain A sleeping family in Greenvale awoke to every home owner's worst nightmare. Koula Reskakis, 70, along with her daughter Maria Linterakis and her grandchild Nikita, 12, awoke to neighbour's screams and their house on fire on Wednesday morning. But thanks to the efforts of a heroic neighbour, all residents made it out alive and well. Greenvale resident, Greg Walsh, saw the Serendip Crescent property alight just before 9.30 am. After banging on the door and getting three of the residents out, he discovered Ms Linterakis' older daughter Evette, 18, was still inside the property, which saw him re-enter the smoke-filled home to save her. "The front part of the house was on fire," Mr Walsh told the Herald Sun. "Pipes had burst down the back of the house and the cooler had caught fire." Ms Reskakis' son Con, who also lives at the property with his mother and sister, was informed of the situation via a frantic telephone call from his niece while at work. "She called me and was screaming. She kept screaming Peanut's name (the family dog), it was distressing," he said. "A very good friend of mine ended up driving me from North Melbourne to Greenvale. I was in no state to drive." Upon arrival at the family home, Mr Reskakis saw the garage, roof and lounge room on fire. Damage caused to the property is expected to be in the thousands, and the family do not have insurance. "We're pretty gutted, we've lost all of our belongings, we have nowhere to stay. "We have to count our lucky stars. As long as the family are fine, materialistic items don't matter," said Mr Reskakis, adding he was very thankful for the help of his neighbours. Fire investigators are still determining the cause of the fire. Source: Herald Sun South Melbourne FC technical director Strati Xynas, club president Leo Athanasakis and director Andrew Mesourouni are accompanying the players and have been suitably starstruck, posing in front of the Bernabau and alongside Real Madrid legends Zinedine Zidane and Vincente Del Bosque. The tour has been facilitated by Genova International Soccer School (GISS), whose director Maurice Pagniello is a South Melbourne fan. GISS has academies all over the world and connections in Europe. Last Sunday, the youngsters were treated to a visit to the Bernabau to watch Real Madrid and the BBC (Benzema, Bale and Christiano) demolish Sporting Gijon 5-1 in just Real's second match under new coach Zidane. The following day, the South youngsters had the opportunity to train with Real Madrid youth coaches at the home of Spanish football, where the national teams of Spain train. According to Xynas, it's also where the South youngsters are being accommodated throughout their stay. "It's an amazing facility and pure football environment. So we live and train on the premises," he told Neos Kosmos via email. "Also Real Madrid have been kind enough to let our kids watch Real Madrid train, and after training have 'meet and greet' with coach and players. One of SMFC's objectives is to up-skill me as technical director and to see some of the best coaches in the world in action. Spain is the world leader in youth development and we can learn so much from them." In mid-week matches, South Melbourne youth teams played against teams from both Atletico and Real. Against a super-talented Real Madrid side, which included Zidane's son, the match ended 7-nil in the Spanish team's favour. Souths fared much better against Atletico Madrid, with the U12s winning 2-1, while the U14s drew 1-1. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Learning from the master: SMFC technical director Strati Xynas (L) with coaching legend Vincente Del Bosque.
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