Dr ALY: On Friday 14 August, Clontarf Foundation held the Deadly Attendees Cup at Kingsway Sporting Complex just down the road from my house in Cowan. It's the fourth year in a row that I've attended the Deadlies to speak to the young men playing and to hand out the cup, and to see the fantastic staff from Clontarf Foundation and the academies present. The players representing their academies in the cup are the 10 with the best attendance records at their school. They come from Geraldton to Mandurah and everywhere in between.
In between the matches, the young men take part in sessions talking through issues like mental health and wellbeing as well as learning skills like first aid. In the end, it was the local academy in Cowan that won first prize, so it was an absolute pleasure for me to present the shield to the Girrawheen Academy—good on you, boys!
Since it was established in the early 2000s, Clontarf has been an amazing success, with 119 academies around Australia. I want to give a special shout-out to Wayne Young, the Girrawheen Academy director, and all the boys at the academy. When I'm back I'll be popping into the academy for their 100 per cent attendance lunch, which they hold on Fridays for all the students who have attended school that week. I've promised to cook for them—uh-oh!
I want to give a special shout-out to Jamison Ugle—'Jamo'—and Edward Booma Lyndon, two local boys and local heroes: good on you, guys!