Senior WAFL debut made

There is no doubt the pathway to the AFL has been particularly challenging for this year’s draft prospects.

But despite the unprecedented disruptions experienced in 2020, shining lights like Isiah Winder continue to push forward, climbing football’s ranks in pursuit of their goals.

The exciting midfielder-forward had a breakthrough in his footy career recently when he made his senior WAFL debut for Peel Thunder in round three.

SWAS football head coach Jamie Douse praised Winder for the dedication and focus that saw him land a spot in this year’s pool of draft aspirants.

“The fractured season has been tough on athletes, having to prepare themselves away from their coaches and teammates for an extended period,” Douse said.

“Major credit to Isiah for his hard work during the shutdown. He’s come back in fantastic nick and his season is off to a flyer, making his WAFL league debut three games into the season.

“There is a lot of external pressure on young men like Isiah, but he’s been able to tune out that noise and focus on doing the work that underpins high performance sport.”

The milestone match against West Perth was the latest achievement for the 18-year-old Eaton product who benefits from being part of the South West Academy of Sport.

Selected to the 2019/20 NAB AFL Academy, Winder’s accomplishments have included being in the 2017 Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs Squad that contested the 2017 NAB AFL Under-16 Championships.

Winder said he enjoyed being part of the game and the environment that came with it.

“I just love the competitive nature and always being able to hang around mates and being able to create new relationships,” Winder said.