Last week I was fortunate enough to catch up with twenty-one year old paralympian Ahmed Kelly and gain an insight into his extraordinary life.
Jamie Bennell was born on the 7th of June 1990 in Bunbury, Western Australia. He was drafted in the 2008 AFL National Draft, at pick number 35, by the Melbourne Football Club. Bennell played 57 games for the Demons, before being injured in 2012.
He moved back home to Western Australia earlier this year after being picked up by the West Coast Eagles in the 2012 Rookie Draft. Recently I spoke to him about dealing with injury as well as moving clubs and his plans of being a small defender for the West Coast Eagles.
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Mitch Hallahan was born in 1992. He grew up in Melbourne, Australia. At 18 years of age, he was taken at pick number 38 in the 2010 AFL National Draft. Today, Hallahan is 20 years old and he speaks about the influences of his older brother and parents, the sacrifices he had to make to achieve his dreams, as well as overcoming an ankle injury.
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It is more than half way through the 2013 AFL season and last year’s No.1 draft pick, Lachie Whitfield, talks about the pressures of balancing school and football, moving away from home, and the excitement of playing his first AFL game for Greater Western Sydney.
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Aspiring young skier, and a good friend of mine, Philippa (Pip) Sparrow recently returned home from touring North America as a member of the Australian Mogul Skiing Academy (AUSMSA). Last week I caught up with her to discuss the tour, aspirations for the future and the Korean Winter Olympics 2018.