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To celebrate 50 days until Formula One is back on track at the 2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation today announced Geelong Football Club brothers Joel and Scott Selwood as the official event ambassadors.
With Joel returning to the role for a second straight year, it will be the first time that two AFL players will be ambassadors for the event.
The Selwoods’ role will see them as local spokesmen, with Joel saying he was humbled to again represent the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and after getting a taste for the power of Formula One in 2015 he can’t wait to return.
“Being welcomed back as the ambassador for Australia’s biggest international sporting event for a second year is a huge honour. I can’t wait to experience the non-stop action at the event in March,” Joel Selwood said.
Joel continued, “Meeting Daniel Ricciardo and watching a practice session from the Red Bull Racing garage last year is up there with one of my sporting highlights.”
Arriving back in his home state and readying himself for his first year at the Geelong Football Club following eight seasons at the West Coast Eagles, Scott said he and Joel have always had an appreciation of Formula One.
“I love the speed and the adrenaline of Formula One; all your senses are heightened. I’m really excited to join my second new team for the year - the Australian Grand Prix family!” Scott Selwood said.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, is delighted to have the likeable Selwood brothers on the grid for the first race of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship season.
“The 2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix is a family friendly event so it is only fitting that we have the Selwood brothers as our ambassadors. Joel was a class-act last year and to add Scott into the fold is a coup for Melbourne with two high-profile people representing this international sporting event,” Westacott said.
Since winning a premiership with Geelong in his opening season, Joel has established himself as one of the most respected and courageous players in the AFL. He enters his fifth year as Geelong’s club captain adding to three premierships, four All-Australian inclusions and three Carji Greeves Medals as the Cats’ best-and-fairest.
Pick 22 in 2007 National Draft, Scott returned to Victoria at the end of the 2015 AFL season as a restricted free agent after 135 games at the West Coast Eagles, a Club Champion award in 2012 as well as co-captaincy of the club in 2014.
Tickets to the 2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix are still available.