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Chris Lewis (2000)

Chris Lewis has a clear vision of a better world for young people from difficult and underprivileged backgrounds, in particular those who are young Aborigines, his people’s future.

He has excelled as a leader, from his first years in the Teal Cup representing Western Australia, through 14 years as an on-field and off-field role model in the Australian Football League.

Chris serves the community working with youth groups in schools and surrounding areas. He visits the Nollamara Community several times a week to “just have a chat with the kids” and much, much more. He also appears on television to inform the wider community about the importance of providing opportunities for young people.

Throughout his football career, Chris was often vilified through racial taunts and media abuse. Always, for himself and the Aboriginal people, he fought back to win the respect of everyone in the game and in the wider community. This was recognised last May when over 30,000 people marked his retirement from football with a standing ovation as he took a lap of honour at Subiaco Oval.

Chancellor, Chris Lewis is already an icon in Western Australia, well known yet unassuming, respected and loved as one of the state’s greatest footballers of all time. Throughout his life he has inspired young and old people with his ready smile, his courage in adversity, and his espousal of family values.

Like John Curtin, Chris is now dedicating himself to work for the betterment of life in the wider community, in particular for young Aboriginal people.