By way of introduction it is not just our mutual love for the colour Red (and White) that draws me to the Sydney Swans. I have had almost a 45 year history with the game.

As a child originally from Melbourne (I have lived in Sydney for 25 years) – I was brought up with football. VFL in those days was a big part of our upbringing in Melbourne. Being the ‘all in’ sort of high school girl I was – I was not sure why girls were excluded from playing the game – to that end in year 8 I established a girls football team at school and had the PE teacher coach us. This seems a very long time ago – but still makes me laugh. Finally we see the womens code coming to fruition.

Since moving to Sydney a quarter of a century ago I have been avid an supporter of the Sydney Swans. As our children grew, our memberships and family times at the SCG were a very special time - it is one love that we all have in common. We always have something to talk about when it comes to the Swans.

I have known a few players over the years including Paul Roos and the thing that I find absolutely inspiring is their single-minded purpose and sheer focus. To me AFL is a family game and upholds family values. It is important that my children have heroes (and play a code) that has integrity, and a strong sense of values.  

Sydney Swans represents to us not only fabulous entertainment but an organization that understands the important role that it plays in our community. It is a true privilege for me to be an Ambassador of the Sydney Swans. A code, a game and a team that I am proud to support and promote.

Naomi Simson is an Australian businessperson, blogger, and entrepreneur. She is the founding director of RedBalloon, an online experience gift retailer based in Australia. Naomi is a proud and passionate Sydney Swans ambassador.