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Sunday 2 June 2024


Lismore Swans receive iconic Eagles guernseys from Mayor


Lismore Swans Juniors received special AFL guernseys from the West Coast Eagles, donated to Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg after the 2022 floods. 


The Eagles, a renowned AFL club, made this gesture to support the community's recovery.


Swans President Philip Tsourlinis remarked on the kids' excitement.


 "It doesn't matter who you support, what code you love; it's just a fantastic gesture by the Eagles and the kids loved receiving an AFL guernsey." 


He also thanked the Mayor for presenting the guernseys and enjoying a morning of Aussie Rules footy, a sport he is passionate about.


Mayor Krieg highlighted the importance of this support.


"Since the floods, sports participation has decreased, so helping out with participation is key. We know the benefits of keeping kids active by playing team sports, which have benefits that flow to their adult lives." 


"There are plenty of sports to choose from in Lismore, but I am biased and think Aussie Rules footy is undoubtedly the best sport to play."


Tsourlinis encouraged the community to get involved in Aussie Rules.


"Parents are looking for a fun, safe and challenging environment for their kids, and nothing is better than Aussie Rules," he said.


"Numerous kids in Lismore and the surrounding villages could make it to the AFL if they chose to play Aussie Rules instead of other sports. We have so many talented athletes in Lismore that they should be playing Aussie Rules.


"There is now a genuine pathway to the AFL via the Gold Coast or even Sydney for players in the Northern Rivers."


"Kids playing Rugby League or Soccer have a lower chance of making it to the NRL or the A-League (if the A-League will even survive), or even to a top basketball league, so here is an Australian game made by Aussies watched and loved by millions around Australia. 


"The best thing is that Aussie Rules for kids is so fun and safe to play. Game Day is so much fun for parents as well as the kids. It's not always about making it to the big league; it's mainly about kids having fun and keeping active."


He concluded with a call to action.


 "Let's see if we can fill teams between U7 to U17s by 2030. The challenge has been set, so anyone willing to volunteer and help is welcome to join and get on board."

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