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Eleni Glouftsis wins SA Young Australian of the Year Award

 

December 2018

The 2019 South Australia Young Australian of the Year is 26 year old AFL umpire Eleni Glouftsis of Brunswick. Eleni Glouftsis made history at the age of 25 by becoming the first woman to officiate Australian Football League (AFL) games as a field umpire. While in high school, she began umpiring for amateur leagues and was awarded an AFL Female Pathway Scholarship. Through her dedication to the sport, Eleni became the first female umpire in the South Australian National Football League before going on to umpire 33 senior games for the Victorian Football League. After working hard on her fitness levels, Eleni finally broke though at the highest level in 2017. With no female umpire to look up to in her own career, Eleni hopes her debut will open doors for other young girls who are passionate about professional umpiring. Her tenacity and commitment to overcoming barriers have enabled her to smash through this glass ceiling and redefine the role of women in sport. As a Greek-Australian, Eleni also inspires culturally diverse communities to be included in Australian institutions.

Other recipients of the award, include:

2019 South Australia Australian of the Year Dr Richard Harris SC OAM

2019 South Australia Senior Australian of the Year Reginald Dodd

2019 South Australia Local Hero Megan McLoughlin

The 2019 South Australia Australian of the Year Award recipients have been announced recently at a ceremony held at Adelaide Oval.

The South Australia Award recipients will become part of 32 State and Territory recipients from around the country. These recipients will represent their state at the national Awards on 25 January 2019 in Canberra, where the four Australians of the Year will be announced.

 

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