A ‘GHETTO kid’ from Guyana, a Colombian security guard discovered on the street and a Uruguayan boy prepared to drive 1000km to recreate his father’s dream are all set to benefit from a ground-breaking deal.
Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taquer (or GYG as regulars call it!), one of Australia’s fastest growing restaurant identities, has today agreed to become naming rights and jersey sponsor of Latin Heat Rugby League.
As a result the Guzman y Gomez Latin Heat becomes a viable proposition in providing international rugby league opportunities and a development pathway for those of Latin heritage.
Until now Latin America has been the only occupied continent without a regular avenue for rugby league representation.
The backing of GYG, which has opened 29 restaurants in five Australian states since 2006, dovetails perfectly with the ambitious and community-minded nature of the Latin Heat squad.
Our entire charter is about promoting cross-cultural appreciation says Latin Heat founder Robert Burgin.
Through rugby league we hope to display some of the well-known passion, flair and vibrancy of Latinos, while providing a welcoming environment to try one of Australia’s most dynamic sports.
We cater for players of all abilities and are a not-for-profit operation that does not charge coaching or uniform fees.
It’s a case of bring your boots, bring your mouthguard, and show some spirit’ and we’ll find you a spot.
An inaugural 13-man Guzman y Gomez Latin Heat squad has today been announced (bios pages 3-4) for the Wests Mitchelton Nines tournament on Saturday, September 21 in Brisbane.
The team contains many amazing personal tales of adventure and endeavour for players to reach a position where they can now play rugby league in Australia.
GYG founder Steven Marks said he was excited by the prospect of backing a project which mirrored many of the motivating factors behind his own venture.
What started as a dream has now reached a point where we employ over 900 crew, all incredibly talented and all from diverse backgrounds, united in sharing GYG’s passion for Latin culture, said Marks.
We’re very proud to be on board with Latin Heat Rugby League and to share that enthusiasm for promoting Latin culture to Australians and the world.
Tomorrow (Monday, September 16) signifies Mexican Independence Day and GYG restaurants across Australia will donate $1 from every burrito or burrito bowl to their chosen charity, MisiÃ³n Mexico.
Dedicated to providing a safe and loving home to children of all ages, MisiÃ³n Mexico takes in the orphaned, neglected and abandoned.
Meanwhile, the partnership with GYG caps a whirlwind few weeks for the Latin Heat, having scouted and assembled a team, organised the team’s debut uniforms and settled on a logo.
As it stands the Guzman y Gomez Latin Heat squad has players from right across the Latin American spectrum and is always on the lookout for more talent.
The Heat has been actively recruiting at recent Latin American festivals and market days in Australia, welcoming interested newcomers to the game, along with those already boasting experience.
Beyond the Mitchelton Nines tournament, the Heat is targeting exhibition matches against other developing rugby league nations such as Thailand and Portugal.
The Heat will also accept an invitation to participate in the prestigious and highly diverse Cabramatta Nines in Sydney next February.