Anywhere you go in the world, you’ll find that towns, states, and countries are all brought together by recreation. There is possibly no better example of this than Australia, where communities are built on a love of sport and adventure.
This week we embraced the local spirit and indulged in all varieties of active entertainment. Taking a break from class time and field work, we let loose in our very own games night, had lots of laughs and tested our balance at 3-D black light mini golf, got interactive with some art, and tried our hands at Australian Rules Football, or “footy,” with some help from Brad Karafil and his players from the Kardinya Suns. The year 11 and year 8 teams walked us through the basics of the game and helped us perfect handballs and kicks before everyone joined in for a friendly match. Staying on into the night, most of the students have already earmarked our time with the Suns as one of the most unforgettable memories of our trip.
After our crash course in AFL, we felt like old pros heading to cheer the Fremantle Dockers to a win against Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium in Perth the next day. Judging by the cheers in our section throughout the game, Freo can definitely say they’ve got themselves a new crop of fans.
Through our week of fun and games, competition may have been fierce at times but everyone walked away in high spirits – and maybe even made a friend or two along the way.