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2018 SPIRIT OF SPORT AWARD FINALISTS

Aditi Raghavendra

Taekwondo Martial Arts

Smart Martial Arts Club Perth 

Aditi Raghavendra started Taekwondo martial arts in Smart Martial arts club Perth WA from February 2015 Since then, she has won 12 Gold, 8 Silver, and 2 Bronze Medals. In 2017, Aditi has won silver in the Perth Open Championships, and in March won first place in STWA. She also won  Gold Medals in the Individual Poomsae & Team Poomsae Championship that took place in August 2017 the at Belmont Oasis Leisure Center.

Jason Jaskirat Singh Sangha

Player

Cricket NSW

The youngest cricketer to be offered by Cricket NSW, Jason Sangha's rise has been spectacular. In November 2017, Jason made headlines across the cricket world when he became the youngest batsman since Sachin Tendulkar to score a century against England in a First-Class match. That century also meant he became the youngest batsman since Ricky Ponting to score a First-Class ton in Australia.

Rupinder Kaur

Wrestler

Australian Wrestling Team

Rupinder Kaur is an Indian-Australian wrestler who migrated to Australia in 2008. She started wrestling at Khandoor Sahib in the Taran Taran district of Punjab, India, when she was 12. At 17, she won a silver medal at the National Games in Hyderabad, India in 2002. In 2012, she was granted Australian citizenship and  won her first national title the same year. Rupinder represented Australia in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. 

Sarah Kelly
Deputy Chair

Brisbane Lions AFL Club

Sarah is an Associate Professor in Law and Marketing at the University of Queensland. She is globally recognised for her expertise and research in sports marketing and sports law, and holds teaching and engagement awards from UQ. In addition, she undertakes several non-executive directorships, including as Deputy Chair of the Brisbane Lions AFL Football Club, and as a member of the National Education Advisory Committee for the AICD. Sarah is currently leading a global sports innovation accelerator at UQ, and has been a judge and mentor for these accelerators, including during the pitching finals at the Commonwealth Games.

Sudip Chakraborty

Community Officer

Essendon Football Club

Sudip was brought over to Australia by Essendon Football Club and AFL Victoria after he worked voluntarily to develop Australian Football back in India over 5 years and established the national governing body of the sport in India. In Australia, Sudip has been leading Essendon FC’s Indian strategy along with driving the AFL Victoria’s multicultural programmes and helped the only Indian Auskick centre run in Craigieburn-Victoria, to transition into a junior football club named Hume Bombers playing in the Essendon District Football League. He brought out the Indian Footy team to Australia to participate in the AFL International Cup 2017 and in the process, attracted Indian origin adults in Victoria who love and play the sport to be part of the Indian team.

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