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Aussie Rules Football Coach Engages Girls

Chyloe grew up in a mixed heritage home in Australia. Her father was a Muslim Turkish immigrant and her mother, a Hungarian Catholic refugee. Her home provided a very open environment that allowed for a lot of independence. Both parents were particularly committed to education for their children, which meant Chyloe was allowed to
participate in sports as long as she did well in school.

My parents were very much working class and as a result, I grew up in a really multi-cultural neighborhood. There were other families in the neighborhood from Turkey and Lebanon, but none who allowed their daughters to play sports. This realization made me even more thankful for my family, especially my father’s support.

Chyloe found that she was naturally talented at sports, especially Australian Rules Football. After a successful playing career, she has become the Female Football Development Manager at AFL Victoria. As Manager, Chyloe has implemented several successful community initiatives, including “Fair Play: Respect Matters” and “AFL Respect & Responsibility.” Through these programs, the AFL is spending $1.4 million over five years to raise awareness about gender violence and alcohol abuse prevention.

As Chyloe continues to grow the game of rugby in Australia and beyond, we think her experiences with the LPGA will be invaluable. There is great synergy between the LPGA and AFL as organizations and we believe Chyloe will certainly benefit from the LPGA’s extensive experience in promoting the women’s game of golf globally.

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