Coming off the bench.

Coming off the bench.

Meet Ben.

Ben is a fun-loving young man who has been involved with Inclusion WA for about one year now. Ben has always been passionate about AFL, and is a MASSIVE fan of the Fremantle Dockers and especially Matthew Pavlich. Before being connected to Inclusion WA, playing football for a local team was something that was put on the backburner for Ben due some fitness difficulties. Instead, more conservative approaches around being involved in football were pursued. However Ben was adamant in his desire to be involved in a football team, and he knew that with a bit of hard work in the gym, along with support from Inclusion WA, playing football was within his reach.

Ben and his mentor spent nearly six months attending his local gym, using the sessions to work on a routine created by his physiotherapist. Ben channelled his inner ‘Rocky Balboa’ and took the next step towards fulfilling a life time dream… he approached a local football team.

The High Wycombe Bulldogs had just begun their preseason training, and anyone who attends preseason is pretty committed. Ben knew that he wanted to be a part of the team and that he would have to earn his place. Ben was so determined he attended six straight weeks of preseason training without fail!

Come game time, Ben was a Bulldog! He and his teammates had formed amazing chemistry and played not just for themselves, but for each other. In his first game, Ben scored a goal and the Bulldogs won convincingly! History was made, and a new chapter for Ben had begun.

The following day the High Wycombe Bulldogs got invited to play a scratch match in the half time break of the Swan Districts WAFL game at Blue Steel Oval. In the space of one weekend, Ben went from playing his debut game at his local club, to a footballer playing in front of 1000+ supporters! What a dream come true!

Ben’s resolve and passion goes to show that, no matter what other people may say, and whatever barriers come your way, “if you have a dream, you owe it to yourself to pursue it.”

Andrew Norman - Mentor

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