Helena College students write letters to Richmond hero Alex Rance

Samuel Elliott-Smart, Daisy Rodgers, Sian Turley and Rayyan Naveed read Alex Rance's new book.
Samuel Elliott-Smart, Daisy Rodgers, Sian Turley and Rayyan Naveed read Alex Rance's new book.

YEAR 2 students from Helena College have written glowing letters to Richmond premiership player Alex Rance after reviewing his new children’s book Tiger’s Roar.

Rance, a former pupil at the Darlington College, wrote the inspiring picture book about a Tiger who wants to be his best as a celebration of self-belief, perseverance and teamwork.

A four-time All-Australian, Rance was a key player in Richmond’s drought-breaking 2017 AFL Premiership win.

Off-field, Rance said he hopes to inspire the next generation to realise their dreams.

He and two business partners started The Academy, a school for Year 11 and 12 students that is based on teaching real world skills and keeping students engaged in their schooling by following their passions.

Year 6 teacher Iain Ford remembered a young Rance in the playground.

“I used to play kick to kick with him at recess and lunch, and even as a seven-year-old Alex was better than me,” he said.

“We’re all super proud of Alex who spent his school years here until Year 10.”