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Richmond's Belinda Duarte was announced yesterday (27 September 2012) as the 2012 AFL football Woman of the Year.
Duarte, a senior executive at the Club, is the inaugural director of the Korin Gamadji ('grow and emerge') Institute, which has trained more than 1500 Indigenous people since opening 12 months ago. She is also integral to the establishment and development of the AFL SportsReady's National Indigenous program. Duarte is also Chair of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA), a not-for-profit organisation that works with Aboriginal young people to empower them through health, education, sport and cultural programs.
Through her role with the Korin Gamadji Institute, Belinda has provided leadership development, education and training to more than 1500 young Indigenous men and women.
'Footy plays a critical role for us as a nation and it very much influences the fabric of our society, and I feel very privileged to be a part of that and honoured in this way,' said Duarte.
Source: Richmond Football Club