Rob Geersen- Inclusion Specialist
In 2015, recognising a need and fuelled by a powerful passion for a cause close to his heart, Rob set out on a mission to make a difference.
His vision in founding Starkick was forged through a personal connection and desire for increasing disability inclusion, using football as the platform to drive that change. This connection remains the driving force behind his unwavering and ongoing commitment to ensure every child, no matter their circumstances, is provided the opportunity to play and belong to their community through football.
On launching Starkick at his own club, Rob spent the next years 6 years volunteering and helping grow the program into other community clubs across WA, prior to joining the WAFC in 2021.
Rob's dedication to inclusion is not just professional; it's personal. He's passionate about the cause, and his enduring commitment is evident in the positive impact Starkick has had on many lives. Rob Geersen is more than a founder; he's a driving force behind a movement that's changing lives for the better.
Samantha Otway- Inclusion Officer
Samantha is our dedicated Inclusion Officer, bringing a wealth of experience and a heart full of compassion to our team. With over a decade of service in the education support sector as a teacher, Samantha's commitment to advocating for children with disabilities shines brightly.
Samantha's journey into the realm of inclusion is deeply personal, as she has a family connection to the world of disability. This connection has instilled in her a profound understanding of the significance of inclusion, and she carries this understanding into her work every day.
What sets Samantha apart is her community-minded spirit. She thrives on making a positive impact in the lives of children with disabilities, and there's nothing that warms her heart more than seeing the smiles on their faces. Her passion for creating inclusive environments is not just a job; it's a passion.
Samantha Otway is a beacon of empathy, dedication, and a champion for inclusion. We're proud to have her on our team, working tirelessly to ensure that all children have the opportunity to flourish in an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment.