Ambassador kicks goals in Aussie rules

SOOK Mi Yeon hopes to encourage the Korean community to embrace Australian rules football through her position as AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador.

The Greystanes resident and 2013 National Multicultural Ambassador of the Year winner is among 14 ambassadors in NSW and the ACT who will attempt to engage people of different ethnic groups in AFL.

Mrs Yeon, 41, said she was proud of her position and would promote AFL in the Korean community.

"I would like to see many Korean people to be involved in AFL, such as coming to watch live AFL games," Mrs Yeon said. "I want to see them playing games and supporting teams.

"I would like to see a professional Korean-Australian AFL player or players in the near future."

Mrs Yeon fell in love with the game and the Geelong Cats after meeting her husband — an avid AFL fan — in 2002.

She hopes that holding an information session at a Korean festival in October and running a 10-week AFL program at a Korean language school will help introduce more people to the sport.

She also believes learning the sport will help people to understand Australian traditions and lifestyle.

"You understand different cultures and their lifestyles through playing sports and learning national sports," she said.

Ms Yeon will commence her role during the Toyota AFL Premiership season.

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