‘Dip­per’ Stawell am­bas­sador

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Stawell Carols -

Hawthorn foot­ball leg­end and for­mer Brown­low Medal­ist Robert Dip­ier­domenico will be Stawell’s Aus­tralia Day am­bas­sador next month.

Dip­ier­domenico, also known as ‘Dip­per’, will ad­dress the Stawell com­mu­nity dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions at Cato Park at 6pm on Jan­uary 26.

He will also help present the district’s Cit­i­zen of the Year award with North­ern Grampians Shire mayor Kevin Er­win.

Cr Er­win said the ad­di­tion of Dip­ier­domenico to Stawell’s Aus­tralia Day fes­tiv­i­ties would help gen­er­ate in­ter­est.

“It’s great to have such a recog­nis­able fig­ure like ‘Dip­per’ join­ing us,” he said.

“Hope­fully that helps at­tract a large crowd for our Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions.

“He’s a well-known per­son­al­ity and a funny man as well.”

Dip­ier­domenico is a five­time pre­mier­ship player with Hawthorn, play­ing 240 games dur­ing his VFL-AFL ca­reer and claim­ing the 1986 Brown­low Medal as the league’s best and fairest player.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from foot­ball he forged a ca­reer as a bound­ary rider for Chan­nel 7’s AFL cov­er­age and be­came a me­dia per­son­al­ity. He also worked as an am­bas­sador for The Alan­nah and Made­line Foun­da­tion, a na­tional charity pro­tect­ing children from vi­o­lence.

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