Junior has busy time off the field

JUNIOR Tia Kilifi’s season has been marred by injury but the Panthers flyer hasn’t just been busy with rehab and recovery — a cultural awareness campaign, a newborn and a nightclub have all been keeping his hands and heart full.
Nanjing Night Net

Tia Kilifi’s cultural awareness initiative, Hype 2 Unite, hosted a community event at ABCOE in Penrith last month while he’s also taken the campaign to high schools.

“The most recent was at Doonside Tech High School for a Samoan cricket game,” Tia Kilifi said.

“We went to Mt Druitt High School to talk about how to treat women with respect and staying strong in values and upbringing.”

The Hype 2 Unite community is working towards a concert in October, called Journey In The Pacific, with tickets available soon from the Panthers Leagues Club.

Tia Kilifi also took up the role of fatherhood last Saturday when his partner, Jackie, gave birth to their daughter, Cruzayne.

“It’s has been a massive joy in my life,” Tia Kilifi said. “All the boys at footy have been telling me it’s going to be tough when the sleepless nights kick in but I think it’s all worth it and just another inspiration for me to do better once I get the chance to be back into full time footy.”

Meanwhile, Tia Kilifi has also been keeping himself occupied with a nightclub he and a friend set up two months ago at the Penrith Hotel, Juicy Fridays.

Despite his hectic schedule, Tia Kilifi hasn’t taken his mind off returning to first grade footy.

“Hopefully I’ll get a good pre-season back in and go from there,” he said.

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