Kurtley Beale - Australian Rugby Union star
"I described him as a national treasure the other day and I actually mean that" – Bill Pulver CEO of the Australian Rugby Union.
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Karla Grant speaks with rising Australian rugby union star, Kurtley Beale who dreams of being a role model for Indigenous kids, a dream that has been dogged by personal struggles. Living Black Conversations documents Kurtley’s journey in discovering more about his culture, his family and himself.
We speak with Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika, Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver, Waratahs Club captain Patrick McCutcheon, Wallabies coach Ewan McKenzie and Wallaby legend Lloyd McDermott who reveal their insights into Kurtley’s rugby career on and off the field.
"You know I’m feeling very confident. Next year is going to be a big one for me. I’m joining the Waratah’s and there is a lot of players to actually help me become a better player and a better person" - Kurtley Beale.
Previously: David Wirrpanda
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“I’ve got this thing in my head where I just need to build an empire for our people” – David Wirrpanda.
At the very young age of 16, he became the youngest debutant player for the West Coast Eagles in the AFL and went on to forge a very successful AFL career and now businessman. David Wirrpanda has been using his profile to work for and with the wider community through his Foundation.
Karla Grant speaks to an inspiring and honest David Wirrpanda about his recent failings to be elected to the Australian Parliament. David, a good friend of Adam Goodes, is frank about what needs to be done to tackle racism in sport. He is a firm believer in getting an education and giving back to the community, especially at a time where high profile sporting identities have been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
“I think in hindsight, AFL saved me in a lot of different ways. I was in year 8 when West Coast drafted me. One of the scariest things I thought about and I kind of kept this to myself a lot, but my education was a massive priority and when I came here, football was only part-time”
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