South West Academy of Sport athletes making an impression on the field
The recent football finals season has highlighted the impressive South West products rocketing up through the ranks, with South West Academy of Sport athletes among the talents making an impression on the field.
The names of a number of current and former SWAS athletes popped up in a number of WAFL finals teams, and a handful of players had their efforts recognised with medals as the playing season wrapped up.
For example, Fremantle Dockers midfielder Connor Blakely was part of the Peel Thunder side that made history last month by winning the club’s first WAFL grand final.
The 2016 NAB AFL Rising Star Award nominee was also awarded the Simpson Medal for being the best player on the ground during the premiership game.
Other young guns who turned heads this WAFL season included Brayden Lawler, Declan Jackson, Jakeb Shine, Tobe Watson, Stan Wright and Matthew Young.
SWAS football head coach Jamie Douse said he was pleased to see athletes who have been through the SWAS program and worked hard over a number of years now reaping the rewards.
“When you’ve seen how hard the athletes work, how much of the teenage life they sacrifice, the highs and lows they experience, the time their parents and families put in, you feel rapt for them,” he said.
“You feel rapt for any athlete that works their butt off to get the most out of whatever natural talent they have.”
Though the 2016 season is over, the SWAS football program is continuing with its efforts to develop local football talent.
The program is currently in a general preparation phase as athletes make the transition to pre-season 2017.
“Over the next month we begin training specifically to prepare for the rigours of a WAFL colts or seniors pre-season,” Douse said.