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OUR TEAM

Maia Tua-Davidson

Maia Tua-Davidson

Welcoming Clubs Manager

Maia is a qualified Physical Education Teacher with a background in coaching and sport for social development. Maia is a former NZ Kiwifern Rugby League player and volunteers on 2 community sport committees. "sport has taken me across the world and given me the most amazing experiences and friendships', I want every person to have this same opportunity'.

Jessica Scannell

Jessica Scannell

Welcome to the Game Coordinator

Jess is an absolute champion for inclusion. She is our enforcer, inspiring the highest of standards in those around her. Jess has an accomplished background as a professional basketball player, including representing Ireland in the recent Euro qualifiers. Jess has a special interest in Trauma Informed Sport and advancing the participation of women and girls in all aspects of Australian sport.

Ross Borland

Ross Borland

Active Inclusion Club Mentor Coordinator

Ross is our community club expert with over 20 years of connection to his home at Fitzroy Football Club where he is a senior player and well-being advocate. Ross is an experienced researcher and in 2022 published his Phd 'Sport and Physical Activity for People with Intellectual Disability'. His connection to club land and expertise drives our Club Mentor project.

Our Amazing Community Coaches

Our Amazing Community Coaches

We have a number of wonderful community coaches whose love for their community supports our activities and events. Their connection to the community and passion for sport provides invaluable presence that we love and appreciate.

Stephen O'GRady

Stephen O'GRady

Welcoming Clubs Queensland Coordinator

Stephen is a seasoned sports journalist, and sports management lecturer who recently completed his PhD on 'The role of sport for the integration process of women from refugee backgrounds' in Queensland. Stephen has a passion for football (soccer), including Gaelic football and a deep understanding the role of sport for building and strengthening communities.

Aya Helmy

Aya Helmy

Inclusion Support Champion

Aya is a vibrant community advocate passionate about engaging and empowering communities to create a more opportunity based and equitable society. Aya has a background in international relations, partnership development, community services and policy but her true strength is her empathy and ability to build relationships with people from all backgrounds. She is our real deal Inclusion Champion.

About Welcoming

Welcoming Australia exists to cultivate a culture of welcome and create a future where people of all backgrounds have equal opportunity to belong contribute and thrive. 

Welcoming Clubs is an initiative of Welcoming Australia, proudly supported by the Scanlon Foundation. 

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Acknowledgement

Our work is conducted on the stolen lands and waters of First Nations representing hundreds of clans and language groups. We acknowledge that our lives have benefitted from theft and dispossession and that we have a responsibility to support the efforts of Indigenous peoples as they work towards self-determination, sovereignty and land back. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. 

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.