Walters back where it started


Michael Walters (centre) trains with some youths ahead of the Nicky Winmar Carnival.
Michael Walters (centre) trains with some youths ahead of the Nicky Winmar Carnival.

“This is where my footy started,” Walters said.

“It’s always been my dream to play AFL footy and I like to think it started here.”

Born and raised in Midvale, Walters is not the only big name that began their AFL career at Ron Jose.

“I met a lot of my best friends here,” he said.

“I played with Nic Naitanui and Chris Yarran (Richmond).

“There’s a lot of memories here and I really enjoy coming back.”

Fremantle Dockers players attended training sessions all over the Perth metropolitan area on Tuesday as part of the lead up to the 2016 Nicky Winmar Carnival, a program that provides indigenous youth with an avenue to enter the WA football system.

Walters said it was important for him to return to Midvale, and show a positive example of what youth sports can provide to the indigenous community.

“To see a lot of younger kids getting involved in sport and to be seen as a shining light for them, I’m proud of that,” he said.

This year’s Nicky Winmar Carnival will be bigger than ever, with 300 participants expected.

It will be played in a round-robin format, with all teams led by Aboriginal coaches and current and former AFL and WAFL role models.

The carnival takes place on Sunday, March 6 at Rushton Park, Mandurah.