Introducing our new ambassadors!

The team at SNAKE Condoms are proud to introduce our new ambassadors, ex-Essendon footy player and Tiwi Islander, Dean Rioli and dancer, choreographer, and all-round performer Nikki Ashby!

We are delighted to have these two very strong and passionate supporters who are dedicated to improving the lives and future of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

Together they will work to communicate SNAKE’s safe sex message and to empower young people to take control of their sexual health and to make decisions that are right for them.

See below for more information on Nikki and Dean.

Nikki Ashby

Nikki Ashby is a true performer. She is a dancer, choreographer, and director. This would explain why Nikki says she is ‘happiest when on stage’.

A descendant of the Narrunga and Kaurna nations in South Australia, Nikki has vast experience working with and performing for young people in remote communities around Australia.

She has hosted workshops, mentored, directed, choreographed and travelled Australia with the aim of motivating young Aboriginal people to achieve and pursue their dreams.

With her contemporary indigenous, hip hop, latin, African and jazz moves, Nikki danced her way into the Top 20 of Australia’s “So You Think You Can Dance” tv reality competition.

Nikki is also founder and director of The Movement Hip Hop Crew dance theatre and most recently she choreographed the daedly performance for The Long Walk (May 23) at the MCG. If that’s not enough, this dynamic multi-talented young Aboriginal is currently starring in Ilbijerri Theatre’s production called Chopped Liver.

We are proud to have Nikki on board as ambassador to SNAKE Condoms. Look out for Nikki this month at The Dreaming Festival in Queensland.

Dean Rioli

Former Essendon football club star, Dean Rioli, grew up in the beautiful Tiwi Islands where he experienced first-hand the difficulties and issues faced by Indigenous Australians when it came to accessing quality health and education facilities.

One could say it was his experience growing up that has led to his current drive and passion to help Aboriginal communities across Australia in improving health and education services in their local communities.

Perhaps it was this same determination and passion that saw him reach the 100-game milestone in his final season with Essendon back in 2006.

Following his retirement in 2006, Dean returned to the Northern Territory to play in the Northern Territory Football League with the Tiwi Bombers, where he became a solid contributor and on-field leader. As of October last year, Dean was appointed Senior Coach for Season 2009 at the Aberfeldie Football Club, in the Essendon District Football League in Melbourne.

Amongst all his footy commitments, Dean became official ambassador to SNAKE Condoms when he launched the SNAKE Condoms website last year on World AIDS Day in Katherine, NT.

And if he isn’t busy enough, Dean also recently launched and founded The Rioli Fund – which is dedicated to raising funds for research into Indigenous health. See http://www.rioli.org.au

The SNAKE team is proud to have such an inspiring and dedicated ambassador like Dean. Look out for Dean at your next SNAKE community event!