Canberra will head into the 2019 NEAFL season with an extra team member after ‘drafting’ 15-year-old Cheyyo Robertson in partnership with his Menslink Mentor Alex Jamieson.
Alex made contact with the club last week seeking the opportunity for Cheyyo to engage in a session with Canberra, to which the club were happy to oblige.
"Cheyyo finds his connection through AFL – he just loves his footy! The boys have really inspired him and he is the happiest I have ever seen him," said Jamieson.
"In short, he is absolutely stoked, you have probably just earned your number one fan, I think the jersey you gave him will be painted on for a while."
Cheyyo is a member of the Queanbeyan Tigers U15 team and also a member of the GWS Giants U15 development squad with the hope of one day playing in the AFL or in the NEAFL for the Canberra Demons.
"I want to thank all the team for welcoming, involving and inspiring Cheyyo."
"I think his session with you has really given him some sense of direction and something to truly aspire to. That’s a very big deal in a young bloke’s life. Your team's dynamic was awesome and that’s a powerful thing and something to be really proud of."
Canberra General Manager of Football Shaun Young said he felt there was something especially emotional about Cheyyo's wish to participate in training.
“Everyone has tough patches throughout their life and its fantastic that the sport of AFL can play a role in assisting the likes of Cheyyo. He seemed to love the session he attended and all the boys really embraced him," said Young.
“I’ve witnessed the work of Menslink for a few years now and every time, it’s pretty special."
Menslink has been supporting young men in the Canberra region for over seventeen years through our free counselling, volunteer mentoring and education programs.
In that time Menslink have helped thousands of young guys get through tough or lonely times with the least amount of pain or harm to themselves or those around them.
Menslink help young blokes reach their full potential and become the great adult men they want to be, because they believe everything is possible for them, their families, their mates and their community.