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Multicultural sport a role model for the legal profession

Multicultural sport a role model for the legal profession

By LIV Media

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The LIV congratulates the AFL on the weekend’s Multicultural Round, and applauds its efforts to ensure our culturally diverse community is represented and welcomed in the sport.

The AFL's annual Multicultural Round celebrates the game's diversity and promotes inclusiveness, with the theme of 'Many Cultures, One Game'. As an acknowledgment of the game’s support across many cultural communities, matches were broadcast in seven different languages, and clubs ran culturally diverse pre-game activities and on-field entertainment.

Together with Australia Post, the AFL also ran an television advertisement, set to Mike Brady’s Up There Cazaly anthem, to reflect a modern multicultural celebration of football.

Australian Rules football has been particularly successful at attracting diverse communities to its supporter base, as players, and increasingly as officials and administrators, LIV president Steven Sapountsis said.

“To its credit, the AFL recognises football as an important vehicle to bridge the gap between Australia’s diverse communities and promote inclusion within the wider Australian community,” Mr Sapountsis said.

“The AFL recognises that there are rich seams of footy talent in all our cultural communities, and has been proactive in bringing in and fostering that talent wherever it may be found.”

As such, it was a model from which legal profession could take inspiration for its own promotion of cultural diversity and inclusion in the law, he said.

"What we know is that all cultures have something to bring to the legal profession, as to sport," he said. "Our role is to ensure they feel welcome and included in the profession so they can be confident their contribution is valued and respected."

“We are proud of the LIV’s efforts in this direction this year – with our alliances with associations representing cultural groups of lawyers such as the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, the Hellenic Lawyer Association, and the Muslim Legal Network.”

The Law Institute Journal had also played an important role in exploring cultural diversity in the profession and celebrating the contribution of lawyers from diverse cultural backgrounds, he pointed out.

Steven Sapountsis dedicated his most recent blog to his personal experience of how migrants embraced Australian Rules football, helping them integrate into their new home.


For further information regarding this media release please contact:
Karin Derkley, Media Advisor

T: 03 9607 9373
E: media@liv.asn.au
 


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