Up There Baillieu

Up There Baillieu

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Premier Marks Unifying Power Of Footy

Victor P Taffa

Australian Rules Football is a great unifying force in Victoria and another reminder of the strength of a harmonious multicultural society, Premier Ted Baillieu said today.

Attending the 2011 AFL International Cup in Royal Park today to meet with international players, Premier Baillieu said the Peace Team including Israeli and Palestinian sportsmen was a great example of how footy could bring people together.

“Victorians who go to watch the footy do so passionately but peacefully, no matter what their cultural background.” Premier Baillieu said.

“It was a great experience this morning to meet with teams, toss the coin at the USA/PNG men’s semi-final and meet with a group of Norwegian students studying at Deakin University.”

 

Premier Baillieu also announced that the AFL will be making our great game available to international students next year through a free ticket program, providing every international student with a double pass to a VFL game in 2012.

“This is an excellent initiative and consistent with the Victorian Coalition Government’s goal to promote Victoria’s multicultural strengths at every turn.” Premier Baillieu said.

The AFL International Cup is an international football competition coordinated by the AFL’s game development arm. The competition began in 2002, and is held every three years.

This year’s event is the biggest in the Cup’s short history, featuring more than 1,000 players and officials. For the first time, tournament games will be played in Sydney, with the finals played in Melbourne.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship provided a grant of $10,000 to the Peres Centre for Peace in Israel for the sponsorship of the Peace Team for the 2011 AFL International Cup.