Lets start with your Full Name:

Taiki Skipwith

 

How old are you?

16

 

Who’s your AFL team?

Richmond Tigers

 

Where were you studying last year?

I attended Kooweerup Secondary College.

 

How did you hear about the Academy?

One of my mates told me about so I looked it up and thought it looked great.

 

What was the application process like for you?

It was an easy process, I only had to fill out an application form and have an interview.

 

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

At the start they didn’t know if I’d get up every day and travel there and it was a lot of money, so I thought I’d just do normal school again. But Alex called my Mum to see if I was still interested and then she was on board ever since.

It's great getting to hang out with an AFL star at school. It's also good because he gives us tips to help us improve our footy.

Taiki Skipwith

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

It’s been really good, probably better than I expected. It’s good to be in an environment where everyone shares the same passion.

 

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

It’s great getting to hang out with an AFL star at school. It’s also good because he gives us tips to help us improve our footy

 

What is the best thing about attending The Academy?

That I get to learn about things that I’m interested in and that it is a school based around footy. I also like the fitness part of it as well.

“It’s good to be in an environment where everyone shares the same passion.”

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

At the moment I’m not sure what i want to do but hope to find a career that I’d be interested in.

 

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

In the AFL I’d like to meet Dustin Martin or Nat Fyfe.

 

Who is your biggest supporter?

My parents because they take me to all my football games and sports and support me in whatever I’m doing.

 

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

I like to race HPVs which are enclosed trikes, and I like to just chill and do nothing.

“That I get to learn about things that I’m interested in and that it is a school based around footy. “

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