Khan Ahwang

Khan Ahwang's mother is Torres Strait Islander, and his father is American. Having family members that hold records in various sports it was in Khan's blood to be a sporting star.

Khan's Grandfather inspires him. He always taught Khan to always be the best that he can be, by always putting Khan on the right track.

Moving away from his family was a big challenge for Khan.

"My sports keep me on track," is what he said about the challenges of being far away from his family.

"I've always challenged myself", and surprisingly when applying for a traineeship was told I'm too over qualified. This lead to being offered my current employment at Ipswich PCYC as the Indigenous Sport and Recreational Officer. Last year Khan became a qualified Personal Trainer and has since been running a boot-camp in Ipswich for eight months.

Khan is a high achiever in sports whether it is Rugby League or American Football, "I like to achieve the top level I can in sport". Being picked to play in the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Union side, Khan played in the Australia verse New Zealand Rugby Union match.

"My advice to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people would be to never give up on what you believe. We can all get there. We just got to try really hard". Once Khan has achieved his highest in sport, he would like to manage his own gym.

Getting involved with Traditional Games in primary schools and the community, Khan finds it interesting to educate them about their culture. "A lot of kids ask me what we used to hunt, and what food was eaten."

Khan believes, "We must be determined if we want to make it to the top and try to achieve the dreams we have."