GYC Patrons

Vakur Gokdenizler
Mr Korhan Karakoç


While combining sportsmanship and friendship, the Gallipoli Youth Cup provides a venue to further deepen the excellent relations between the Turks and Australians.

It is also a great way of engaging the Turkish-Australian community with the multicultural society of this beautiful country through the Gallipoli spirit that has historic significance for both nations.

As sport recognises no barriers in minds and hearts, this meaningful organization fulfils the exceptional role of uniting youth from multicultural backgrounds towards a common goal: To honour fallen soldiers, no matter what background they come from.

Taking this opportunity, I sincerely congratulate Umit Oraloglu and Pat Cash, Co-Founders of the Gallipoli Youth Cup, for organizing this fantastic event that brings together the Turkish and Australian communities in commemoration of their shared histories.

Korhan Karakoç
Ambassador of Turkey

David McLachlan
Mr Rob Webster


It is a great privilege for the Victorian Branch RSL to be involved with the Gallipoli Youth Cup and I am honoured to be its Patron.

The establishment of the Gallipoli Youth Cup gives young Australian tennis players the opportunity to not only play the game they love, but to simultaneously commemorate the ANZAC’s and to honour the sacrifice of those brave men and women in World War I, both Australian and Turkish.

The relationship between Australia and Turkey has strengthened over the years in a variety of ways, including through the promotion of sport and education. To have a program which encapsulates both, is a wonderful achievement by the organisers and their supporters, in particular Tennis Australia.

The RSL is also pleased to continue to provide historical presentations to participants, as part of the Gallipoli Youth Cup “School Education Program” to give them an understanding of the Dardanelle’s Campaign, and its significance, to the creation of both modern Australia and modern Turkey.

We are exceptionally proud to be involved with the Gallipoli Youth Cup since its inception and we look forward to more of our Sub-Branches participating in the years to come.

Robert Webster OAM
State President
Returned & Services League of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc.

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