In 2017, Amar Hadid made history by becoming the first person to receive a scholarship for skateboarding through the University of Sydney’s Elite Athlete Program.
She continued to dazzle the skateboarding world at competitions across Australia and in the US, China, Brazil and Sweden.
Off the skateboard, this proud Lebanese-Australian Muslim woman, is a passionate advocate for the equality of men and women in sport, the promotion of skateboarding and community cohesion.
And who can forget Ms Hadid’s rap song I’ll Ride With You, written immediately after the 2014 Lindt Cafe siege, expressing her anger that innocent lives had been lost and hoping for unity.
On Friday 26 January, the Camden area will welcome this accomplished 25-year-old as its official 2024 Australia Day Ambassador.
“Australia Day is about celebrating the values that we all share, reflecting on what it means to be Australian while celebrating contemporary Australia, as well as acknowledging and celebrating our history. And not forgetting people lived on this continent for over 40,000 years,” Ms Hadid said.
“I have always believed that being Australian is about unity of all our backgrounds. I feel Australian with all those who identify and respect our collective community and strive to encourage one another to be better at what we do and develop further amazing Australian stories.”
As Camden’s Australia Day Ambassador, Ms Hadid will give a speech at Camden Council’s Civic Event and take part in the Macarthur Lions Street Parade.
Mayor of Camden Ashleigh Cagney said she was excited to welcome Ms Hadid to the area.
“Ms Hadid is an inspiration to our country and community,” she said.
“What she has accomplished by excelling in a male-dominated sport sends a message to our young girls that if they dream and work just as hard, they too can achieve anything.
“Ms Hadid exemplifies everything it is about being Australian – to give it a go, to advocate for equality and to help break down barriers to unite us all as Australians.”
Residents are encouraged to head down to Argyle Street in Camden from 9am on Friday 26 January to see some incredible roving entertainment, and then at 10am enjoy the much-loved Macarthur Lions Australia Day Street Parade which will conclude at 11am.
Later, the Australia Day Awards will crown Camden’s Citizen of the Year, followed by the area’s first Citizenship Ceremony for 2024 which will welcome more than 100 residents as they take their pledge to be true-blue Aussies.