Café owner and Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame inductee Darren Winter has been appointed Shadow Sports Minister for the United Australia Party.
Married with four children and one grandchild, Mr Winter is a long-time Hobart resident and owner of the Lauderdale Bakehouse which he has operated for 16 years.
He is the party’s candidate for Franklin in the 2019 Federal Election.
An excellent footballer, he played with the Geelong and Essendon reserves before moving to Tasmania in 1989, where he amassed 240 games and was part of nine premierships with the Clarence District Football Club, three as a playing coach.
Mr Winter currently coaches the Lauderdale senior team which competes in the Tasmanian State League. He is in his 10th year as senior coach.
“Australian politics is in a mess. I want to be part of the solution cleaning the mess up and gaining much needed respect. Our politicians are embarrassing not only in Australia but also overseas, this needs to be fixed urgently,” he said.
“Tasmania has been left behind for far too long, we are clearly seen as second class citizens. The United Australia Party aims to put Tasmania firmly on the map and make our state the best in the nation.”
Mr Winter grew up in a one parent family after his father tragically passed away when he was 10 years old.
“I witnessed firsthand the struggles low income families go through. My mother did an amazing job raising five children on a widow’s pension.
“I have joined the United Australia Party to ensure no one gets left behind. Everybody should be entitled to a quality education, good health services and be on the same even playing field as the person standing next to them,” he said.
“Sport is the perfect way to build health bodies and minds, learn about teamwork and setting goals,” he said.