Foot­ball in­spi­ra­tion

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A teacher has done a great job pro­mot­ing Aus­tralian Rules Foot­ball, earn­ing her a pres­ti­gious AFL Am­bas­sador award.

ST NOR­BERT Col­lege teacher Me­lanie Robin­son has been recog­nised for her out­stand­ing work pro­mot­ing Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball, win­ning a pres­ti­gious AFL Am­bas­sador award.

Mrs Robin­son re­ceived the award in the ‘Out­stand­ing Mul­ti­cul­tural Pro­gram’ cat­e­gory for de­vel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing a pro­gram de­signed to give stu­dents from mul­ti­cul­tural back­grounds greater op­por­tu­ni­ties to play Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball.

Six AFL Am­bas­sador awards were pre­sented as the special cer­e­mony on Au­gust 10 at Do­main Sta­dium, af­ter 30 fi­nal­ists were se­lected from a pool of more than 100 nom­i­na­tions.

Mrs Robin­son, who is the Head of Health and Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion at St Nor­bert Col­lege, said she was both sur­prised and thrilled to win the award.

“I didn’t know the awards ex­isted and started the pro­gram purely for stu­dents to get to play AFL,” she said.

“The nom­i­na­tion was a sur­prise so win­ning was great.”

The pro­gram at St Nor­bert’s be­gan three years ago and de­vel­oped sig­nif­i­cantly in the fol­low­ing years.

“This year the pro­gram ran over five weeks,” Mrs Robin­son ex­plained.

“Each Year 7 class had one phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pe­riod per week with the staff from the Nic Nai­tanui Foot­ball Train­ing Pro­gram work­ing on skills and game play.”

Me­lanie Robin­son with her 2017 AFL Am­bas­sador award.

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