Russell Ebert OAM - In Memoriam

Respectful relationships advocate

SA State recipient Local Hero 2021

Former footballer Russell Ebert OAM was a legendary figure with the Port Adelaide Football Club. A four-time winner of the Magarey Medal, awarded to the best and fairest player in the South Australian National Football League, he’s considered one of the club’s greatest players of all time.

Russell continued to give back to the club and the South Australian community through his leadership of the club’s Power Community Ltd (PCL) youth programs. He was particularly passionate about PCL’s Power to End Violence Against Women (PTEVAW) program, which he delivered to Year 10 students around the state.

Developed with Centacare Catholic Family Services and the South Australian Department for Education, PTEVAW challenges gender-based attitudes and promotes respectful relationships and an end to domestic violence. The program has reached more than 5,000 students since starting in 2016.

Russell was also a passionate supporter of children living with disabilities and was a fundraising ambassador for disability services organisation, Novita.