United through Football: Team Australia

United through Football: Team Australia

In celebration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, we asked some of our community ambassadors to talk to us about their national teams. For the first of the series, we spoke to Australian-Scotsman Ronald Sinclair, a Socceroos fan and executive member of the Victoria Police Soccer club.

What is your role in the community?
Some of my roles are Station Commander of Box Hill Police Station, Executive Committee member of Victoria Police Soccer Club and Community Council of Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.   I also referee with FFV and love playing against the Doveton Special Soccer School each year.

What do you love most about what your role?
The vast majority of the time, I love everything I do, but mainly, interacting with people!   Football, in particular, has given me the opportunity to form and improve relationships with diverse cultural, religious and community groups – I am so blessed that my chosen sport is truly the world game.

What does the FIFA World Cup mean to Australians?
Sport is an integral part of the Aussie psyche and to be involved in the biggest sporting event in the world is a huge boost to our standing in the global football community.

How did you feel when your country qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
The Socceroos travelled the greatest distance and played the most games to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup – such an enormous achievement would fill most Australians with pride!

How passionate are football fans from your country?
I was born in Scotland and raised in Australia.   I think the Scottish and Australian supporters have similar reputations – passionate, loud and proud, but renowned for sporting behaviour, friendliness and a cheeky sense of humour.

Who is your favourite Australian player and why?
Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy for their huge work ethic and success in transitioning from the Hyundai ‘A’ League to the EPL and SPL.

Where does the ex-community gather for huge games like this?
I have been watching games at local football clubs – Croydon City Arrows put on some great nights.

If there was only one destination in Australia to visit, what would it be and why?
Melbourne, of course – the Most Liveable City in the World!!!

Vegemite is the food Australians love. What is your country’s “Vegemite”?
As someone with Scottish heritage, I’d have to say haggis – it tastes great, just don’t ask what’s in it!

What is your favourite festival from Scotland and why?
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a wonderful festival of music, dance and a wide variety of pieces celebrating not only Scottish heritage, but also featuring performances from all around the World.

What do you love most about Australia?
What’s not to love?   Freedom, security, people, beaches, fresh air and meat pies – the greatest country in the World!

Who’s your tip to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
We have seen so many upsets already – I’d love to see an Australia v Iceland final, but more realistically, either Spain or Brazil.

Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au