Three Rams selected in Inclusion All-Australian
The AFL is pleased to announce the 2019 Inclusion All-Australian squad following the 2019 AFL National Inclusion Carnival held in Blacktown, New South Wales last week.
The respective squad of 26 men has been chosen based on each player’s demonstration of the AFL’s values, that being Play to Win, Play Fair, Play with Passion and Play as One Team.
Canberra’s Cameron Gugdeon (forwards), joins his Rams teammates, Doonside pairing, Sevastien Camilleri (midfield) and James McKay (forwards) in the All-Australian side, making it a record three players for the state and territory to be named.
Doonside’s Adam Orchard was also named the Rams’ MVP for the Carnival.
Victoria Country coach Steven Reeves and Northern Territory coach Nick Eades will lead the squad after being selected as the All-Australian coaches.
For the first time, the All-Australian squad will travel to Brisbane to take part in an exhibition match at the 2019 INAS Global Games in October.
Held every four years, the INAS Global Games is the largest sporting event for elite athletes with intellectual disability, with more than 1000 athletes from across the world set to take part in the event this year.
The All-Australian squad will be divided into two teams of 13 and play against each other in a feature match which will provide them with an opportunity to showcase their talent on a global stage.
AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon congratulated each player selected in the AFL Inclusion All-Australian squad following another successful National Inclusion Carnival.
“The 2019 AFL National Inclusion Carnival was another terrific event which provided the nation’s top footballers with the opportunity to showcase their skills, in what was a week of highlights both on and off the field.
“Each player selected in the All-Australian squad performed consistently across the entire Carnival and fully deserves their position in the team,” Mr. Dillon said.
“I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate each of the participants, coaches, umpires and volunteers who did an outstanding job throughout Carnival, which was no doubt a memorable occasion for all involved.”
The 2019 AFL National Inclusion Carnival wrapped up on Friday night with the Northern Territory taking out the top division title and Queensland sealing the second division win.
The AFL acknowledges the NSW Government, Blacktown City Council, International Day of People with Disability, MatchWorks, GWS GIANTS Football Club and Novotel Sydney at West HQ for their support of the 2019 AFL National Inclusion Carnival.