SPIRIT OF SPORT AWARD FINALISTS

Atibhav Damodaran

Game Development Officer

AFL Victoria

Atibhav Damodaran is a 21 year old law and commerce student at Deakin University.

In 2015 Atibhav commenced work as a soccer coach for Grasshopper Soccer Bayside. He became the head coach of the Sandringham Centre, coaching children aged 2 - 14 years of age. Atibhav is currently volunteering as a multicultural community ambassador with the AFL. This is his second year in this role. He is also being appointed as an AFL Game Development Officer. He is the first Indian Australian to achieve that in Australia where he will focus on growing the game of footy overseas and locally.

Manu Singh
Ambassador

India-Australia Cricket Relations

Manu Singh is a Brand Ambassador of India-Australia cricket relations. He has recently worked as the Cricket Connects Exhibition Ambassador at the Sydney Cricket Ground, one of the largest cricket exhibitions held worldwide. As part of this exhibition he worked with former Australian Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott. Mr Singh strives to build a strong India-Australia relationship, connecting people from the two nations through cricket. The human spirit of coming together and uniting to help fellow friends, family and human beings is what inspires him to get involved and be a voice for those in need, and he believes in the power of cricket in bringing people and communities together.

Molina Asthana
Founder and Executive Director

Multicultural Women in in Sport

Molina has been contributing significantly to sports. She is a Commissioner at the Australian Rules football South East Commission, the first person of a multicultural background to be appointed on any AFL Board. She is also an AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador and on the AFL advisory Committee for multicultural engagement. She has formed an Indian think-tank of AFL Multicultural Ambassadors for AFL's engagement with the Indian Community in Australia and with India. She was awarded the Regional Ambassador of the Year Award in 2015 and Fair Play Award in 2016 by AFL for her contribution and initiatives in promoting the game within the multicultural communities. She is also a Cricket Australia 'Sport for All' Community Ambassador.

Sathish Rajendran

Founder & President

Brisbane Super Kings Cricket Club Inc

Sathish Rajendran is the founder/president of Brisbane Super Kings Cricket Club Inc. He started this club in 2011 and it is the only Multicultural Cricket Club in Queensland. He has been appointed as the "Sports for All Community Ambassador" 2015, 2016 by Cricket Australia to look after the Multicultural Wing for Queensland Cricket. Brisbane Super Kings Cricket Club Inc is an associate member of the Federation of Indian Communities in Queensland. Their aim is to conduct a Multicultural world cup by 2020.

Viraat Badhwar

Professional Golfer and Stanford Graduate

Stanford University

Viraat Badhwar was born in New Delhi, India and took up golf at the early age of six, playing at the Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi and Jaypee Greens Golf Resort, Greater Noida. He then moved with his family at the age of eleven to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and completed his high school education at Kelvin Grove State College in 2012, where he was part of the Queensland Golf School of Excellence. He was the 2010 Junior World Golf Champion (Boys 13–14), 2012 Toyota World Junior Golf World Cup Individual Champion and the youngest ever Master of the Amateurs in 2013.

He famously shot a 59 just one day after meeting Tiger Woods.

He will graduate from the exclusive Stanford University in 2017 earning a major in Mgmt. Science and Engineering.