AFL SportsReady trainee making a difference

AFL SportsReady trainee making a difference

AFL SportsReady trainee making a difference

Ricci Marks award nominee and Proud Waka Waka, and Latje Latje man, Dylan Murphy is inspired to help his community while also becoming a role model for Aboriginal youth.

Named in memory of Ricci Marks, a proud Wotjobaluk man who made a significant contribution to his community, the award recognises the achievements and aspirations of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.
The honour also encourages other young Indigenous adults to pursue their goals and ambitions. The winner was announced at the Koori Youth Summit, an event that brings together like-mined youth to connect and share their ideas on how to make a difference.

‘I was apart the youth summit last year as a member but this year I have taken a bigger role in the event, co-facilitating one of the workshops as well as being nominated for the award,’ said Dylan.

Dylan looks forward to AFL SportsReady’s cultural gatherings held throughout the year, which give trainees the opportunity to connect with other Indigenous trainees and to build on their culture.

‘They are an important event that gives all the Indigenous trainees’ a chance to get to know each other, bond and meet other Aboriginal mentors.’

Mentor Emily Fien also plays a role in his cultural, personal and professional journey providing him and support throughout his traineeship.

‘The support has been tremendous since day one from everyone here at AFL SportsReady from my mentors to my field officer. Emily has really been a great help to me,’ he said.

Dylan is set to complete his traineeship at the end of the year and will go on to chase his career goals in sport and pursue his ambitions in helping Aboriginal people and communities.

DATE: 15th of June 2016
IMAGE: Dylan Murphy
AUTHOR: Marissa Pagliarello