Having a ball teaching footy

AFL specialist teacher Austin Ward has been named an outstanding ambassador for the sport. Picture: Matt Jelonek d442277
AFL specialist teacher Austin Ward has been named an outstanding ambassador for the sport. Picture: Matt Jelonek d442277

Mr Ward was named the Most Outstanding Secondary Woolworths AFL School Ambassador at the AFL School Ambassador Awards night at Subiaco Oval on July 30 for his work at the school.

The 25-year-old Byford resident was one of seven award winners and received a trip to Melbourne to watch AFL finals and attend AFL functions.

The program Mr Ward runs provides support and resources to promote AFL to help with student learning.

Mr Ward said there was an AFL ambassador in most schools around WA and it was surprise to him given how competitive it was.

�I put a lot of hours in, so it is nice to be recognised for that,� he said.

�It was a nice dinner with drinks and the prize which goes along with winning was awesome.�

He said one of the reasons why he thought his program was recognised was because he used a lot of technology, such as drones and GoPros.

�We use drones to film a bird�s-eye view and see our structures,� Mr Ward said.

�It shows things players need to work on or a player who is not pulling his weight.

�We mount the GoPro camera to a chestpiece in order to get feedback on games.�

Along with working with AFL, Mr Ward is also a science teacher and originally graduated as a physical education teacher.

Mr Ward is an avid West Coast Eagles supporter and said he expected them and the Dockers to challenge for the flag, but Hawthorn would be oo strong in the end.