Journeying From A Small Town to Football in the Big City | Shell Indigenous Scholarship

Journeying From A Small Town to Football in the Big City | Shell Indigenous Scholarship

In life success means not giving up. You got to put in the work to be a better person, on and off the field. I try do that the best that I can. I’ve got a vision for the next 10 years. My vision is to get drafted, come out of a good footy career with a degree… …then come back to a school like Christ Church, be involved in the indigenous program and give back. I grew up in Tammin most of my life.
My dad’s from there. It was a great place for the kids to grow up. When he was young he always wanted to play AFL and he always wanted to win. A very competitive child! Footy it’s definitely been in my family for a very long time. My dad played it, all my cousins and uncles as well as Derek and Dale Kickett. They really emphasised being a better person off the field as well as on the field. I always loved it, always was passionate about it. It shaped the person I am today. When you get an opportunity to be drafted, the world’s your oyster. It’s just exciting to be able to go out and play in front of 50,000 people every week and represent your family. How’s it going?
How are you? Yes it’s good, thanks. The Wirrpanda foundation is based around education, health, and employment with indigenous communities all through Western Australia. David Wirrpanda is definitely an inspiration. He’s played AFL at the best. He’s also got an organisation… …he helps people.
I’m trying to do the exact same thing that he’s doing. Shell has been really supportive, they’ve opened a lot of doors for myself. Perth was a very successful move. Once I got that opportunity I grabbed it with both hands. Liam’s really come out on top. Scholarships like this are great, especially for young indigenous boys. There’s very few pathways for them. When he wrote his shell scholarship application he actually put in there “Well, my dream is to become an AFL player, but if I can’t my mom’s told me that I have to do something with school.” Coming to Christ Church, it was a shock… …population bigger than my town! But in life if you’re learning and building as a person then that’s something special. Liam is a sensational young man. He’s a natural leader when you put him on the football field, he lights up. The indigenous program here Christ Church Grammar School is a vital part of the all round education of boys here and not only do they come here to learn and to grow but they also come here to teach the significance of this land and what it means to be an indigenous student. Last year me and two other boy designed three ties for NAIDOC week. We sold about 400 just around the school, turned it into a business and then the business went off. Tied to Culture is indigenous art on ties, which represent gathering areas and everyone coming together. I try to put my hundred and ten percent into trying to give back and try to connect back to culture. It motivates me to inspire some of the other indigenous boys back home to look beyond their community and say there’s another life. In the early days, I wanted to be a role model and be an example. I think for Liam to have a corporate partner like Shell to be able to give that opportunity. If he can get his education right, that’s the best way to be able to be the best role model that you possibly can. If I am lucky enough to be on an AFL list next year I will definitely soak up all the atmosphere but footy could only last two years, you never know. Shell has given me that opportunity to explore other pathways. I’m never going to stop learning. Sky’s the limit You

About the Author: Garret Beatty


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