Hockey star

Southern River MLA Peter Abetz, Riverton MLA Mike Nahan, Senate opposition leader Eric Abetz and City of Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths.d396123
Southern River MLA Peter Abetz, Riverton MLA Mike Nahan, Senate opposition leader Eric Abetz and City of Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths.d396123

The 22-year-old, who has been doing a traineeship at Bedford’s Chisholm College since 2009, recently took out this year’s AFL SportsReady WA Host Plus Trainee of the Year Award, beating 34 other trainee graduates.

Since graduating, he has taken up a PE assistant role at the private college.

He spends about 20 hours a week at hockey training and 30 hours teaching at school and said he was surprised by the award and was excited to share his knowledge with the future generation.

‘I was definitely surprised to win it having never really won an award like this one before, with most of my achievements coming in the sporting areas of my life,’ Mitton said.

AFL SportsReady chief executive James Montgomery said Mitton’s hard work during his traineeship had reaped him the reward of Trainee of the Year.

‘He really is a great example of how elite sport can be balanced with work and study,’ Mr Montgomery said.