ADF volunteers mentor talented, young female AFL players

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12 October 2016

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has paid tribute to the Australian Defence Force personnel who have volunteered their time to mentor a group of talented Tiwi Island young women ahead of a national AFL competition this week.

Members of the Australian Defence Force Australian Rules (ADFAR) Women’s Indigenous team, the Guyala Seahawks, will mentor and assist 12 young women aged 15 to 16 in the lead up to the Bendigo Koori AFL carnival from 15-16 October 2016.

The young women will be given a taste of life at Simpson Barracks, Melbourne, and provided with development opportunities with Richmond AFL club and indigenous programs in Melbourne.

Mr Tehan said the ADF personnel involved in the program would mentor the girls in their own time.

“Australians are rightly proud of the men and women who serve in defence of our country,” Mr Tehan said.

“This is an example of our ADF personnel using their initiative and leadership to help other members of our community.

“I wish the girls the best of luck in their football tournament and the rest of their careers. I hope they enjoy their time with the Seahawks and a taste of Defence life.” 

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Byron Vale (Minister Tehan’s Office) 0428 262 894

Defence Media: (02) 6127 1999

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