Australia and Spain have an early historical connection as Torres Strait was discovered by Luis Váez de Torres in 1606.
Spain’s first significant contribution to Australia predates the arrival of the first Spanish settlers with the introduction in 1797 of Spanish sheep to New South Wales. These sheep were the beginning of the Australian Merino breed.
At the end of the Spanish Civil War, from 1939, over 600,000 Spaniards left Spain moving to regions such as Latin America and Australia.
Resident Australian population born in Spain (2016 census) — 15,391
Australian residents of Spanish descent (2016 census) — 119,952
Have you ever wanted to pull on your national jumper and represent your country?
Playing Footy 9s gives you an opportunity to do just that! It’s a fun and exciting new sport, with both full contact (tackling) and non-contact (no tackling) options to choose from.
If you are of Spanish descent and keen to represent Spain, please join the Team Spain Facebook group.
AFI has been a fantastic platform. I thought I was too old and too clueless to take on a new sport, but thanks to Brian’s dedication and inclusive approach I have had the time of my life.