Get to know French community ambassador: Tas Baitieri

Get to know French community ambassador: Tas Baitieri

Tas Baitieri is well-known in the Rugby League community around the world. He started off playing first grade football for Canterbury Bulldogs and Penrith Panthers in the 1980s, before moving to France to play for the Paris Châtillon XIII. He later progressed to coach the French national side following his retirement as an active player, with his son Jason Baitieri now playing for the Catalan Dragons in the south of France. Read more about Tas below!

What is your role in the community?
International Development Manager

Why do you love being a community leader?
Allows me to share my loves, while helping others achieve their goals.

Most memorable moment from being an ambassador with Red Elephant programs?
Seeing the outcome of years of preparation being it one off events (Pacific Test Series) or major tournaments (World Cups).

What do you love most about where you live?
The freedom we have and luxury of peaceful lifestyle.

Favourite country to visit (apart from your own)
France

Favourite city in Australia to visit?
Sydney

Best holiday you’ve ever had?
Tahiti! a place where you can relax and recharge following a heavy working year. OUTSTANDING!

What languages do you speak?
English, Italian and French

What’s your favourite food from your country of heritage?
Nothing can beat a good Pasta or Rissoto dish.

How would you define being an ‘Aussie’?
Hard working individuals, that get to enjoy our precious laid back lifestyles.

What does it mean to be a multicultural Australian?
Our values and freedom was afforded to us by the sacrifices of our parents and forefathers.

Favourite sport
Rugby League

Favourite music genre
Opera

Favourite movie of all time?
Silence of the Lambs

What is the greatest achievement in your life?
My family

What is your most effective way of relaxing (I.e. if you were about to perform on stage, what would you do just before it to relax?)
Enjoying a great meal with all the trimmings!

Who is the most influential person in your life? If they were standing in front of you right now what would you say?
My parents! I love you!