A great feeling that brightens your whole day: Neale
Lachie Neale knows all too well the impact a special visitor can make to a small community.
The 18-year-old Freo Docker grew up in the South Australian country town of Naracoorte, 336 kilometres south east of Adelaide. He played his footy in nearby Kybybolite, which has a population of around 200 people.
Neale was in the south east WA town of Esperance today for the Fremantle Dockers’ 2012 Australia Post AFL Community Camp.
He joined teammates Ryan Crowley, Tendai Mzungu and Josh Mellington at local schools Grass Patch Primary School and Salmon Gums Primary School to speak about living a healthy lifestyle.
During question time, the children asked Neale how many goals he’d kicked in the AFL.
“I haven’t played an AFL game yet so all I could tell them was donuts,” he said.
Neale doesn’t remember which players visited him when he was a youngster in Naracoorte, but he remembers the effect it had on him and his classmates.
“Living so far away from the city, you don’t get the access that city kids do,” he said.
“When players to come to your school and interact with you, it’s a different feeling. It’s a great feeling that brightens your whole day.”
The Freo travelling party hit the Esperance beaches earlier this morning.
Neale said the picturesque surroundings made it a memorable session.
“Went for a run on the beach and a swim this morning,” he said.
“It’s a great, relaxed atmosphere.”