Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull used part of his first ever speech to the UN General Assembly to talk about one of the AFL's first ever Sudanese players, Aliir Aliir.
"Earlier this year I was delighted when Aliir debuted for the AFL team I support, the Sydney Swans."
"He's got such good skills and agility for a big man and being able to intercept a mark is a strength as well," said team-mate Dane Rampe when Aliir debuted earlier this year.
"He's got a pretty bright future".
"He competes very well and is composed with the ball when he gets it, that’s his strength," said coach John Longmire. Aliir has been named to play in this weekend's final against Geelong.
Aliir says he's got awesome support from his family, telling Triple J, "my mum, she chats to her brothers back home but I don’t think anyone will know AFL. Hopefully when I do go back I’ll take a couple of footies and some boots and introduce them to the game.”
He is also thrilled other Sudanese players are kicking goals in the AFL.
Back at the UN, Turnbull said there are "thousands of migrant stories like Aliir's" in Australia.
"(Aliir) has become a role model in our multicultural nation, especially for young people in Sydney."
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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