Meet Tatiyana: Our Oceania In Search Of Winner

Tatiyana

After Tatiyana was announced as our In Search Of winner for Oceania, the Western Sydney Wanderers fan has been able to showcase her passion for football in Oceania for the Copafam. Relive her incredible In Search Of journey...

Tatiyana first applied to be our Oceania presenter in July 2015...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhNF-SmQU4M Her application proved her love for the game and passion for the future of football in Oceania.

In Search of Oceania Finalists

https://youtu.be/jLG7OfMVsP8?t=7m48s In a tight run contest with Alex and Luke & Tim, Tatiyana was named as our In Search Of winner for Oceania

Winners Announcement Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7Pa_z3KLN0 And her first assignment for Copa90 was to share the story of her beloved team, Western Sydney Wanderers. Western Sydney Wanderers achieved the seemingly impossible to become the first Australian champions of Asia. A club that didn't exist three years before their triumph clinched the greatest result in Australian club football history.

Western Sydney Wanderers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWYWnBPbjMQ

Tatiyana in her own words...

I am Assyrian. I don’t have a country to call my own. My parents fled Iraq in the late 80’s. Even though that is our ancestral homeland – Assyrians are a persecuted minority in that part of the world. They were living illegally in Iran when they had me. So right from the minute I was born, I was somewhere I didn’t belong. We moved to New Zealand when I was four. Even at a young age, it was huge culture shock. Football was something I used to see my dad play and watch, and then I would see the kids play at school. It was the first comparison I was able to draw between my home life and my school life. I made the connection and built the bridge between the two. It worked. So when I moved to Australia as a teen, I did the same thing. Football is my superhero, always has my back.* I know I'm not the only one with a unique story - Those stories deserve to be heard, and I'd like to be the one to help tell them. *Has broken my heart on occasion.