Vla­hov takes sport role se­ri­ously

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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.”

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Friend­ship Games founder An­drew Vla­hov with par­tic­i­pants (from left) Lachie, Den­zel, Ruby, Nathan and Ethan.

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