Sports Without Borders is delighted to announce Nick Hatzoglou is joining its advisory board. Bringing his professional and personal experience, Hatzoglou shares many of SWB’s values.
Born in Australia into a loving, Greek migrant family, Hatzoglou experienced first hand the benefits of sport as a means of social inclusion.
“When I was in school, sport was one platform to mix with the other boys and girls and fit in,” says Hatzoglou. “Sport is powerful, I could be like everybody else.”
Fast forward and Hatzoglou is keen to bring his passion for sport, experience growing up in Australia as a migrant kid and professional expertise to SWB. Hatzoglou believes that the lessons from past migrant communities should continue to help shape Australia into an inclusive and supportive country to migrate to.
“We should be able to welcome, and resettle migrant communities better because Australia has had several cycles,” says Hatzoglou. “And sport is a great way to do this. Sport is generally safe, welcoming and inclusive because it is not about who you are but about your contribution to sport.”
Bringing experience as a player, coach, administrator and program developer, Hatzoglou has worked for local government, AFL, Cricket Victoria, the Football Federation of Victoria and currently Cricket Australia.
Having navigated different layers of support from volunteer to program development and implementation to national body and developing strategies, Hatzoglou is a great asset to the SWB team.