St Bernards FC - Multicultural Ambassador

07 August 2015

Its Multicultural round this week in both the AFL and the VAFA . The club is delighted to announce that this years Multicultural Ambassador is Joe Pignataro.

Joe first came to st BernardsFC in 2006 in the u/16's coached by club legend Maurie Sullivan. Joe is a very colourful and cheerful clubman with a proud italian heritage. His parents are both from a Calabrian background, his mother is from beachside Bianco province and father from mountain side Oppido.
 
 
On field Joe is a small power packed bundled of energy and strong voice in the thirds forward line. Joe has been likened (by himself) to Paul Puopolo of Hawks fame, and he is continually campaigning (tongue in cheek) for a call up to higher levels. Joe brings his sparky media personality (as pictured he works on Kevin Bartlets SEN Radio show) and strong positive spirit to the club.
 
 
He also authored a very brave book, a story about his struggles with anxiety and depression which includes the loss of his close friend Chris Lane, the aussie baseballer who was gunned down in the usa. Through a Kokoda Trek and a lot of hard work, Joe is overcoming his health issues and is a real role model at the club.
 
 
Joe is very strong contributor to the open culture at st bernardsfc, and is welcoming to people of all backgrounds and ethnicity. We are proud to announce Joe as our Multicultral Ambassador for 2015 and look forward to his positive influence around the club for many years to come.

The Committee