Vlahov takes sport role seriously
ANDREW Vlahov takes being a sporting role model very seriously.
Vlahov, who has been captain, chief executive and managing director of the Perth Wildcats, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to basketball as an athlete and administrator.
The Cottesloe resident also founded Friendship Games, of which he is now the executive director.
Friendship Games embraces principles of friendship, understanding and co-operation with the aim of promoting education, health and cultural appreciation among young people.
“The roles have all brought me enormous joy in different ways,” Vlahov said.
“It is tremendously rewarding for me to see the positive impact we have had on kids (through Friendship Games). I feel honoured and humbled by the award - it’s lovely to get that sort of recognition.”
Vlahov said his happy family upbringing instilled in him a desire to help others who were less fortunate.
“As a Wildcats player, it was a great job to have, where the community pays your wages,” he said.
“Role models in sport should take that responsibility very seriously and make sure they give back.
“I would like to think I’m creating pathways for young people, creating opportunities for them.”
Friendship Games founder Andrew Vlahov with participants (from left) Lachie, Denzel, Ruby, Nathan and Ethan.