Maddington: Simon Nimmo wins second AFL School Ambassador Award

Simon Nimmo (AFL Ambassador) with his team Yule Brook College. Photo: Andrew Ritchie d485869 communitypix.com.au
Simon Nimmo (AFL Ambassador) with his team Yule Brook College. Photo: Andrew Ritchie d485869 communitypix.com.au

WHEN it comes to fostering a love of football in the next generation of Indigenous players, Simon Nimmo is one of Perth’s go-to people.

The Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz football coordinator was dubbed the winner of the Most Outstanding Indigenous Program category in this year’s WA Football Commission’s AFL School Ambassador Awards for his work developing the skills of students at Yule Brook College.

Yule Brook College (red and black) v Fremantle College (blue and white) compete in the inaugural Dr Robert Isaacs Cup.

It is the second time in three years Mr Nimmo has been recognised at the event after he also won the Most Outstanding Indigenous Program award in 2016.

He said he loved how worthwhile his job was.

“It is very rewarding as most of the girls have not played a lot of football and it is a new experience with lots of excitement and learning,” he said.

“I am very happy to engage students in the game and translate all the benefits of being involved in team sport, in this case Australian football.

“I was very humbled to learn I was a finalist as there are so many great people doing great things for Aboriginal students across the state.”

A number of other locals were also amongst the AFL School Ambassador Awards finalists, including Byford Secondary College’s Sam Buhagiar (Most Outstanding First Year Ambassador), Gwynne Park Primary School’s Terry Pass (Most Outstanding Indigenous Program) and Harrisdale Primary School’s Matt Baseben (Most Outstanding Primary AFL School Ambassador).

Mr Nimmo’s Yule Brook College recently team took part in the inaugural Dr Robert Isaacs Cup, where they matched up against teams from Fremantle College and Gilmore College in a celebration of female football.