Working towards a bright future

The South West Academy of Sport has an outstanding track record of producing quality football players who have gone on to be recruited into the AFL.

Think Connor Blakely, Durak Tucker and Jonathon Marsh.

And soon, the name Ty Sears might be added to that list.

The South Bunbury product is being touted as one to watch in the lead up to the Draft.

The teenager made his debut for Swan Districts colts last year and is aiming to make the team again this season as he treads a pathway towards Australian Rules football’s greatest stage.

With his eyes set on the next Draft, the 18-year-old half-back is hard at work in anticipation of getting back into the black and white for the Swans in the near future.

Sears, who played for the WA State 16s team in the 2018 NAB AFL National 16s Championships, has been training in isolation in recent times as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

“It’s a time to focus on your fitness and ball skills – getting all those set so I can go back with the team and get some game play,” Sears said.

An outstanding athlete as well an exciting footy talent, in 2015 Sears won gold in the under-14 javelin event and bronze in the 400 metre race at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships.

That athleticism comes in handy on the footy field.

The Bunbury resident, who is already being touted as a top Draft prospect, is hoping his skills and hard work will pay off in the near future by being picked up by an AFL team.

“That’s the goal – get drafted this year and make an AFL team,” Sears said.