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Des Headland Des Headland Ambassador

My AFL career spanned over 12 years with the Brisbane lions and the Fremantle Dockers, earning a premiership with the Brisbane Lions before making a switch back home to WA. Currently I am the CEO/Director for Spartan First, which is an indigenous occupational health provider that can provide an expert, end to end service to industry and government. Community engagement and empowering our youth has given me fantastic opportunities to represent some amazing organisations in ambassadorial roles such as MADALAH.

Jordin Payne Jordin Payne Ambassador

Jordin is a proud Nimanburr woman and traditional owner from Broome Western Australia with ancestral ties to Yawuru, Djugun, Nyul Nyul and Bardi families in the Mid-Dampier Peninsula. She is passionate about combating issues created by colonial trauma and is working towards a future where the next generation don’t have to choose between culture and education or work. As a sociologist, Jordin’s skills enable her to explore how changes in the structure of society, the material world, the economy, and cultural systems influence us as members of society. Throughout her experience, she has worked on projects and events that require critical thinking, social research, policy analysis, and project evaluation that are crucial for strategy and evaluations of programs and communications.

Syd Jackson Syd Jackson Ambassador

Syd is an AFL legend whose story is inspiring, yet heartbreaking especially when hearing it told by Syd himself. Making it from South Bunbury Football club, to East Perth in the WAFL and all the way to Carlton Football Club in 1968 where he played 136 games and won 2 premierships is a tremendous achievement. Within two years of starting at Carlton he played and was amongst the best players in one of the biggest Grand Finals of all time; 126,696 people attended to watch AFL’s longest rivals go head to head in the 1970 clash of Carlton vs Collingwood.

Syd is now living and working at Roelands Village despite all the negative memories of his early days here at the former mission where he and other children from across WA were removed to as part of past government policies of the day of removal, protection and assimilation of Aboriginal children. He has two retro cars which personifies him and his humble nature perfectly, and a small veranda that features only a speed ball and exercise equipment that if you take one look at Syd you can tell that he clearly still uses, impressive for a man in his 70’s. 

Today Syd devotes his time to his Ambassadorial roles with MADALAH and WKAI; creating opportunities for Aboriginal children and young people across Australia, including those with disability, to be supported in their health, education, training, employment and sports goals.

Bill Dempsey Bill Dempsey Ambassador

Bill is an icon of Australian Rules Football. He debuted for the West Perth Football Club in 1960, and by the time he retired 16 years later, he had played 343 games for the cardinals. He made some significant history at the club, winning a best and fairest in 1966, the Simpson medal in 1969 and was a member of the premiership teams in 1969,1971 and 1975. The 1975 premiership win is of particular importance as Dempsey was the captain. Dempsey was named in the year 2000, as a back pocket in West Perth’s team of the century. An inaugural inductee of the West Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Dempsey was also named as a back pocket in the AFL Indigenous team of the century in 2005 and in 2010 he was inducted as a legend into the AFL Northern Territory Hall of Fame.

Bill has lived a remarkable life and has some powerful stories to tell, which he’s done in his recently released biography, ‘ The boy from Birdum’, an inspiring read.

Despite all the achievements Bill has conquered through his Football career, he’s always been about helping his people and paving the way for the next generation of kids!

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