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Callum aims for AFL career

21 October 2016
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Year 11 Beaconhills student Callum Porter is preparing for a second TAC Cup season with Gippsland Power and has his sights firmly focused on an AFL career.

The sports-mad midfielder hopes to follow in the footsteps of Beaconhills alumni Matt Buntine, Tomas Bugg and Brandon White, all now playing in the big league.

With pre-season training about to start, Callum knows Year 12 is going to be a challenging year of combining studies and football. He also has the leadership roles of Sports Captain and Captain of Millett House.

“My goal next year is to be the best I can be to get drafted,” said Callum. He will have to train three nights a week at the Power’s home ground in Morwell, combined with gym sessions, swimming and running.

Not surprisingly, Physical Education is one of his VCE subjects, along with Health and Human Development. Teacher Damien Hanegraaf said Callum was a great student to teach.

“He really enjoys PE and is able to link all of the theoretical content with what he does practically in class and outside of school, which is a really important concept for students who take the subject,” he said.

Many students who studied VCE Physical Education chose courses like Sports Science, Exercise Physiology, Human Movement and Health Sciences, Mr Hanegraaf said.

Callum started playing football nine years ago and has good football genetics on his side. Grandparents on both sides played in the AFL – Don Beard for South Melbourne and Rob Porter for Hawthorn. Callum is also a fourth generation Officer footballer, having played for Kangaroos before earning his TAC Cup selection.

2017 will be an exciting year for Callum. Although he said he would have to sacrifice socialising, he was looking forward to the hard work.

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