The only Brazilian to play Australian football (a variation of rugby) professionally, Harry O’Brien, was named the ambassador for BrazilFoundation of Australia on this past August 15th. The athlete works with social projects in Brazil, Australia and Oceania.


Harry was born in Morro da Serrinha, in Madureira, zona norte (the northern zone) of the city of Rio de Janeiro – his mother a Brazilian ballerina and father a Congolese dancer. At the age of three, Harry moved to Australia where he began to play the local football sport so that he could, according to him, “assimilate to what the others were doing”. He eventually became a professional in the sport.