Nicole Weber celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity everyday.
But the German-born Weber plans on ramping up her celebrations on Harmony Day, which falls on Monday, March 21.
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The day’s central message is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.
This has struck a chord with Weber, who lives in Mangerton with her husband Geoff Bannister and their daughter Tessa.
She is well known in Wollongong for her love of the little known sport of Speedminton – promoted as the world's fastest racquet game.
In 2011 Weber headed back to Germany to compete in the first Speed World Badminton Championships.
But nowadays she is more interested in teaching kids different languages and last year started running language clubs throughout the Illawarra.
‘’We now have over 120 primary students learning French, German, Spanish and Mandarin in seven schools and also ran a very popular Italian trial with two of the Big Fat Smile Community Preschools,’’ Weber said.
Gretel Salvador, who migrated from Cuba 10 years ago, said Wollongong has a great mix of cultures.
‘’We all bring our language, food, fashion and music to this country and Harmony Day is a great time to celebrate these things,’’ she said.
LCF Fun Language Clubs information available by calling Nicole Weber on 0433 513 006.