Lets start with your Full Name:

Lynden Banting

 

How old are you?

17

 

Who’s your AFL team?

Richmond Tigers

 

Where were you studying last year?

Last year I was studying at Pakenham Secondary College.

 

How did you hear about the Academy?

My Dad heard about it on the radio while at work and called me and told me about it. I looked it up and it looked so interesting so I applied for the school. I thought the first information night was great because Alex explained everything that was going on at the school, I had no questions at the end of the night because he said everything I needed to know.

 

What was the application process like for you?

I found the application form easy to fill out and easy to understand, the interview was good because it gave me practice in interview skills.

 

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

Both of my parents was on board from the begin because they know how much I love football.

At normal high schools an AFL legend doesn’t normally come in and teach us footy skills.

Lynden Banting

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

My first term was different to my other school, because I was catching a train every day, meeting new people and in a different type of learning space.

 

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

It’s different because at normal high schools an AFL legend doesn’t normally come in and teach us footy skills, it’s great that he gets to share his football experience and what it’s like to be an AFL player.

 

What is the best thing about attending The Academy?

The best thing about attending The Academy is that its in an AFL environment and we learn more about our abilities.

“The first information night was great as Alex explained everything that was going on in the school.”

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

I’m hoping at the end of my studies, I get into an AFL club. If not, a physiotherapist at any club in the AFL.

 

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

If I could meet any famous person it would Royce Hart because he is one of Richmond greatest ever players. I love the way he plays football and I reckon it would be great to sit down and talk about football, what it was like playing back then, what made him choose to play football, who inspired him to play football.

 

Who is your biggest supporter?

My biggest supporter is my Mum and Dad, they have always been there when I’m playing football. When I need help with footy, Dad gives me tips to play better, he inspires me to play my best every game that he is there.

 

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

When I’m not living and breathing footy, I go to the bush ( Dargo ) with the family to ride dirt bikes with my brother and to sit back and and relax by the fire at night, spending time with family.

“When I need help with footy, Dad gives me tips to play better”

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