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Celebrating Indigeneous AFL Week

You've seen them on TV, you've read about them in the news.  Now is your opportunity to see and hear them in person - some of Australia's most successful and influential business and sporting personalities.

Dr Susan Alberti, AM, AO

Susan has long been active in diabetes research, having received her Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her services to the communnity and Diabetes research.

In 2004 Susan became a Board Member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club. For the past ten seasons Susan Alberti has been the Patron of the Western Bulldogs Football Club and founding Co-chair of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation. In December 2012 she became Vice President of the Club and was re-elected to the Board in December 2013.

For more information, refer to Susan's Wikipedia biography.

Beverley Knight

Beverly Knight has been a trail blazer in indigenous sport especially AFL. She has been the guardian mother of six young indigenous boys and girls from the Northern Territory and Tiwi Islands over the past 25 years, enabling them to be educated in Melbourne and support their interest in sport.

Beverly Knight was a director of the Essendon Football club 1993 – 2010, retiring in December 2010 after 17 years. In 2010 she also chaired the Nomination and Governance Committee resulting in her leading the way stepping down, allowing the appointed Directors from a wide range of possible candidates to take their place on the Board in a strategic manner over the next 3 years and beyond.

Brian Ward, OAM

Brian Ward has an unbroken 40 year history as a senior legal practitioner in Australia. He is the Founder and Managing Director of a successful corporate law firm in the Melbourne CBD representing local, national and international clients. His practice has a reputation beyond its size for leadership and innovation and he is known as a trusted advisor to his commercial clients.

Brian’s involvement in sport over the years extends to various board appointments, including Director of Melbourne 2002 World Master Games Ltd, Chairman of Strategic Sport & Recreation Pty Ltd and Director of 1997 World Track Cycling Championships Limited.

Most recently Brian was appointed by the Federal Cabinet as Chairman of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Advisory Group (ASADA).

In 2008 Brain was awarded the Medal of Order of Australia for services to the community and in particular, the Australian Red Cross.

Kevin Sheedy

Sporting icon, AFL legend and a member of the AFL Hall of Fame.

Sheedy is also noted for his quirky antics, outspoken nature and wry sense of humour. For example, before a game against West Coast Eagles at Essendon's former home ground, Windy Hill in 1991, he tied the windsock down on the School End outer terrace so the opposition would not know which way the wind was blowing. He is also fond of talking about how Martians cost his side the game in post-match press conferences, an oblique reference to the umpires, as AFL rules forbid coaches from criticising umpiring decisions. Such stories perpetuate the eccentric Sheedy myth and enigma to trial anything for success.

Another of his most memorable stunts came in 1993. In his excitement at winning a close match, with ruckman and forward Paul Salmon kicking a goal 30 seconds before the final siren against the West Coast Eagles, he waved his jacket in the air as he came rushing from the coaches box. To this day, the supporters of the winning club wave their jackets in the air after the game when the two teams play. The moment is captured in Jamie Cooper's painting the Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport, with Sheedy shown waving a red, black and yellow jacket rather than a red and black jacket, to reflect Sheedy's support of indigenous footballers.

For more information, refer to Kevin's Wikipedia biography.

James Reyne, OAM

James Reyne is one of Australia's most loved singer songwriters. In addition to recording platinum albums and performing live across the country, James has worked on a diverse range of projects, including hosting the first series of Dig TV on ABC 2 and recording material for two Children's books - Mr Froggy Went A Courtin' and Save the Bones for Harry Jones.

Jame's song-writing, coupled with his idiosyncratic vocal style, has enabled him to transcend the disposability of music industry fashion and carve his place in the musical landscape of Australia. He is regarded as one of the country's more unique, witty, thoughtful and challenging singer songwriters.

James is also a listed celebrity speaker - here are more of James' achievements.

Cathy Freeman, OAM

Cathy is our special guest, representing the Cathy Freeman Foundation which aims to close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

In 1990, Freeman was chosen as a member of Australia's 4 × 100 m relay team for the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand. The team won the gold medal, making Freeman the first ever Aboriginal Commonwealth Games gold medallist, as well as one of the youngest, at 16 years old. She moved to Melbourne in 1990 after the Auckland Commonwealth Games. Shortly after moving to Melbourne Nic Bideau, her manager, introduced Freeman to athletics coach Peter Fortune, who would become Freeman's coach for the rest of her career. She was then selected to represent Australia at the 1990 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. There, she reached the semi-finals of the 100 m and placed fifth in the final of the 400 m.

Fast forward to the moment that all Australians remember.  Freeman won the Olympic title in a time of 49.11 seconds, becoming only the second Australian Aboriginal Olympic champion (the first was Freeman's 4x400 teammate Nova Peris-Kneebone who won for field hockey 4 years earlier in Atlanta). After the race, Freeman took a victory lap, carrying both the Aboriginal and Australian flags. This was despite the fact that unofficial flags are banned at the Olympic Games and the Aboriginal flag, while recognized as official in Australia, is not a national flag, nor recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Date

From: Friday May 30, 2014, 12:00 pm

To: Friday May 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

Website

www.internationalreceptions.com.au

Venue

Brighton International

81 Bay Street, Brighton VIC 3186


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