Let’s start with your Full Name:

Aaron John Boundy.

How old are you:

I was born 16 February 2000.

Who’s your AFL team:

The day I was born I was guided towards supporting Essendon and still support them to this day.

My parents are definitely my biggest supporters they drive me to every game, every training session and are always letting me know what I did well in every game.

Aaron Boundy

Where were you studying last year?

Last year I was attending Maribyrnong Secondary College in the sports academy which is where I spent my schooling since year 7.

How did you hear about the academy?

I first heard about The Academy when I got a follow from The Academy Instagram page. I was still keen to do VCE at that stage so I put it to the side but remembered the name. After I started thinking about my future I decided that VCAL would be best for me, then a member of my local sports club mentioned The Academy and after that I knew that this was the path I wanted to follow.

Alex makes it really easy for us to be ourselves around him as he doesn’t get caught up in the fame.

What was the application process like for you?

I really enjoyed the application process the information evening opened my eyes and made me think more about education and footy and what path I was going down, the Skype interview was a good way to communicate.

Did you have to convince your parents to let you attend or were they on board from the beginning?

My parents were on board from the start, as soon as I let them know that I wanted to go to The Academy they went onto the website and were more then happy for me to apply.

So, how has your first term gone so far, is it everything you expected?

My first term was really enjoyable, it only took a couple of days for the boys to become really close mates. From table tennis, to working in the gym, we are always pushing one another to better ourselves. Cliffo, our teacher is one of the boys as well he is really helpful and a good laugh and we all respect him highly. We definitely do have a good laugh and I really do enjoy going into school everyday.

From table tennis, to working in the gym, we are always pushing one another to better ourselves.

What’s it like getting to hang out with footy legend Alex Rance while you’re at school?

It’s still very surreal after watching him play for so many years and idolising him I now have the opportunity to have a chat with him and learn the tricks to the trade to being an elite defender. Alex makes it really easy for us to be ourselves around him as he doesn’t get caught up in the fame. He is a really down to earth person that has a laugh with us at every chance he gets.

What do you hope to do at the end of your studies at The Academy?

Of course the major goal is to play in the AFL, but my goal outside footy is to go to university and study exercise science to get a broader understanding of how the body works and what’s needed to get the body going. I’d also really enjoy doing any type of work at an AFL club just to get a feel of what goes on inside the walls of an AFL club.

If you could meet anyone famous (dead or alive) who would it be?

I would really enjoy meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger. I think that it’s amazing that he can be one of the best professional body builders in the world in his prime, be so successful in his acting career and to top it all off become Governor of California. He is a hard worker and is a really inspirational figure.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My parents are definitely my biggest supporters they drive me to every game, every training session and are always letting me know what I did well in every game. They have supported all of my decisions on the way and have never doubted me.

What do you like to do when you’re not living and breathing footy?

When footy is done for the year I play cricket for Greenvale Kangaroos, so there isn’t much down time from sport. The best way to get over a loss or a disappointing game is to spend time with your mates and having a laugh so I always get out with my mates when I’m not playing footy or cricket.

 

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