Timas Harik is the 800 and 1500m Under 17 Australian Champion. He’s both a pace setter within the Sudanese community and an Honorary Ambassador for not for profit organisation, Sports Without Borders.
Born in Sudan Timas was separated from his family and spent time in a refugee camp in Egypt before being reunited with them in Australia. Harik came to the attention of Sports Without Borders when he was 14, and pulled on his first pair of running shoes through a SWB grant. His dream is to carry both flags at the Olympics and he hopes to inspire other young people from migrant backgrounds to get involved in sport.
“(They will think), ‘if he can do it, I can do it as well’. I hope I can help other people to get to what they want to do.” Timas Harik
Timas and five other top young sports people have now gained entry to SWB Ambassador Program and Honour Roll.They have achieved, made friends and become members of their local community through sports Timas Harik hero article
As Ambassadors each will be featured in a hero story on www.sportswithoutborders.org and become role models for other young people from diverse backgrounds, who may not see a pathway to sports participation without genuine multicultural heroes.
Other Sports Without Borders Ambassadors
Samry Tsagaye, Esra Yassine, Jamillah Nordin, Vevean Markos – Profile
Club: U/16 Brunswick Zebras Junior Football Club
Part of the Lil Brazil group of girls who with help from Diverse Australia (DIAC) and Sports Without Borders, worked in partnership with Spectrum MRC and graduated from a weekly social kick to playing competitive games each Sunday.
Samry and Vevean were then selected for the Northwest Zone of the Victorian Champions League, an important step in the participation for talented footballers in the state.
Ring Mawien - profile
15 years old
Sunshine Heights Cricket Club
Victorian cricketing history was made when a Sunshine Heights Cricket Club player, born in Sudan, took the field for a senior side. Ring Mawien, is a 15 year old bowler and took his maiden senior wicket against St Albans.
At Sunshine Heights he has been introduced to a range of people from different backgrounds.“It’s helped me get to know other friends,” he said.
Sports Without Borders is a not for profit organisation which is dedicated to providing support for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are involved or want to get involved in sport. SWB provides direct grants to individuals and teams of young people. There are a range of barriers that influence the capacity of newly arrived migrant and refugee young people to participate in community sport and recreation activities. The key factors include cost, cultural appropriateness, transport, language, and a lack of familiarity with systems and structures.
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