Werribee excitement machine Bior Malual has today been unveiled as a VFL Multicultural Player Ambassador for 2020.
At this morning’s national launch, the 23-year-old officially joined 18 other ambassadors who hail from the AFL, AFLW, state and community leagues, the Victorian Wheelchair Football League and the AFL Blind competition. Malual will team up with Sandringham's Goy Lok (pictured) as the VFL's Multicultural Player Ambassadors for 2020.
Werribee Football Club Multicultural Development Officer Mar Gattek said the club takes great pride in Malual’s new appointment.
“We are incredibly proud of Bior as an ambassador for not only our club but for our great game of Australian football. We look forward to continuing to watch Bior become an influential leader throughout multicultural communities in Wyndham and beyond.”
Malual’s family is originally from South Sudan. They fled the war on foot and walked 1,500km from Ethiopia to Kenya where they lived in a refugee camp in Kakuma, before migrating to Australia in 2002. Bior was first introduced to footy in primary school and he became instantly attached.
“To be a VFL Multicultural Player Ambassador where I can develop my leadership and also be involved in community events with blokes like Aliir Aliir and Lin Jong who I've looked up to growing up, will be an awesome experience.
“I appreciate the fortunate position I’m in and I’d love for younger kids or anyone in general to look up to me and realise that they can follow a similar path.”
Over the course of the year, Malual and the AFL Multicultural Ambassadors will collectively dedicate over 1000 hours of support across a variety of AFL Diversity programs and key projects as well as work closely with diverse communities to engage with people from multicultural backgrounds to connect with the game of Australian Football.