1 May 2019



Each month up until September, the AFL Community Ambassador Program will recognise and highlight the achievements of one of the many Ambassadors throughout the country. 

For the month of May, the winner is Jim Bellos (Queensland).

Jim, who is the cross-cultural liaison officer for the Queensland police service, has been instrumental in engaging over a dozen young, African women through the joint Young Emerging African Leaders Program (YEAL) and in helping develop their leadership and life skills.

AFL Queensland has partnered with the South Brisbane District Police, Yeronga State High School, and Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS) to conduct the six-week program with school participants from Yeronga SHS.

The program is aimed to develop life skills among young African females and lessen the barriers between them and the Police and other positive role models.

YEAL participants will engage in a range of activities, including Australian Rules football programs, and learning experience designed to promote positive self-worth, personal safety, decision making, and self-confidence. 

Nominated by State Multicultural & Indigenous Engagement Manager, Darren Allie, Jim's passion for connecting students to the game of AFL and his dedication towards their overall development has made him the rightful owner of the title- AFL Community Ambassador of the Month- May.

Jim now goes into the running to be the National Community Ambassador of the year which includes:

- 2 x tickets and an AFL Grand Final Experience at the Toyota AFL Grand Final. 

- 2 x return flights (except Victoria) and accommodation for 3 nights (Thurs - Sat) in Melbourne for Grand Final Weekend. 

- The opportunity to walk in the Toyota AFL Grand Final 

To watch Jim Bellos's Video- please CLICK HERE