Kai gains Auskicker of the Year nomination

Written by Leyla Kaya.

Kai Gurtner, a young Auskicker from Lake Albert in New South Wales, was announced as the Week 6 nominee for the 2017 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition.

Each Friday, nominees are announced during the Seven Network’s Friday Night Footy broadcast.

Kai was interviewed during the broadcast by reporter Hamish McLachlan, and also participated in Half-Time Auskick during the match between the GWS GIANTS and the Western Bulldogs.

“Kai’s experience was amazing,” Kai’s mother Renee said.

“I believe the interview and playing a game of Auskick has built his confidence an enormous amount. I’ve never seen him so happy.”

The NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition encourages all 2017 registered NAB AFL Auskick participants to enter for the chance to become one of 22 nominees.

The competition is searching for Auskickers who best represent the spirit of the game – those with dedication, enthusiasm and passion.

Kai’s mother, Renee said the experience was enjoyable for the entire family who travelled three hours from Lake Albert to Canberra for the game.

“We would definitely recommend other NAB AFL Auskickers to enter. Our whole family had an awesome night.”

Kai, along with the other 21 lucky nominees will receive a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Melbourne during Grand Final week. There they will walk in the Grand Final Parade and play at the MCG during half-time on Grand Final Day.

The seven-year-old will also have the honour of presenting an AFL premiership player with their medal on Toyota AFL Grand Final Day.

Kai, a loyal Swans fan, also has the chance of being named as the overall NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year, which will be crowned at an awards dinner during Grand Final Week.

The winner of the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year will be privileged to have Geelong Football Club captain, Joel Selwood as their personal footy mentor for 2018, and will also receive a $5,000 NAB Reward Saver Account.

AFL NSW/ACT Auskick Coordinator Adriana Harpas encourages all Auskickers to enter the competition, because you never know what might happen.

“It is great to see that our young players like Kai are taking the next step in their Auskick journey,” said Harpas.

“The Auskicker of the Year competition is a fantastic opportunity for kids to showcase what AFL means to them.”

If you would like to be in the running to score this unforgettable experience, the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition calls upon all parents and guardians of 2017 registered NAB AFL Auskick participants to enter.

Simply upload a short video featuring your Auskicker in action; kicking goals, commentating or taking a specky. They should also explain why they deserve to be the 2017 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year.

Please visit NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year website to enter. The competition closes on Thursday, 3 August 2017.