People are the most important resource for FISH and everyone is as important as the other. Together we form part of the whole of FISH and together we work to make a difference in bringing about positive long term sustainable change in the lives of individuals, families, communities, Australia and the world.
David Selwyn Burralung Merringwuy Galarrwuy Wyal Wirrpanda is a Yort-Yorta man and a former Australian rules footballer, best known for his career with the West Coast Eagles. David brings his influence as one of Australia’s most inspirational champions of AFL, and his wealth of experience in community work, to improve the social and emotional well-being of First Nations people.
Over the last two decades David has promoted strong role models to encourage First Nations people across Australia to further their education and maintain healthy life choices. His focus on increasing school retention and connection with education has given young Aboriginal people a strong basis for further study and entry into the workforce. As a footballer, David showed a hunger for playing the ball that left others on the field spellbound. He now brings the same passion to FISH as he aims to inspire First Nations people across Australia to drive sustainable change to their lives.
Within FISH, David joins his fellow Board Member Liza Fraser-Gooda, a Bidjara, Ghangulu and Iman woman, as co-chair of FISH’s Justice Committee and the Myalup Karla Waangkiny Justice & Healing Implementation Working Group.