Junior stars embrace new roles

TALENTED Bendigo duo Patrick Hancock and Dayna McGough have been selected as the inaugural AFL Multicultural Schools Ambassadors for Central Victoria.

The two junior stars were named the ambassadors after a join initiative between AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.

Hancock represented Victoria at the All Nations Cup earlier this year and McGough is an impressive netballer with Strathfieldsaye.

AFL Central Victoria Football Development manager Rick Coburn said it was important to celebrate multiculturalism in our community.

“Football and netball, are such community games,” he said.

“We think it could be a really good chance to help our multicultural community and our general community in Bendigo to come together.

“Everyone is on the same playing field when you are playing football or netball. 

"We are all equal.”

As well as announcing the new ambassadors, a multicultural football and netball day will be held in North Bendigo on July 17. 

Students from around the greater Bendigo primary and secondary college students will compete in a round-robin footy and netball tournament. 

AFL Victoria's David Rodan and Collingwood's Patrick Karnezis will be in Bendigo as part of the celebrations. 

Coburn said engaging with multicultural students and connecting with the community was key for AFL Victoria. 

"We would like to provide some more education of our great game to our multicultural community and increase participation levels," he said. 

The multicultural celebration will be held at the North Bendigo Football Netball Club on Atkins Street. 

Festivities will run between 10am and 2pm on July 17. 

Coburn said community members were welcome to attend. 

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