My name is Daniel O’Reilly King, and I am a 15-year-old footballer who has been playing since the age of 2 years old. I currently play U16’s for Point Cook in the WRFL with my team presently pushing to win the U16c’s flag. During the past two seasons, I have been selected in the WRFL interleague team and also been invited to the Western Jets tryouts but have not been able to attend due to injury.
My aspiration is to play football at the elite level but also to receive a double degree in Sports management and finance at La Trobe University. I have had this dream from a very young age but this year I have taken a further step forward and have implemented a three-year plan to ensure that I have the best possible chance of being selected in the AFL 2018 Draft. Within this three-year plan. I have created monthly goals that are both academic and sports related. These goals are to ensure that I do not just focus on the long term but strive to constantly get better month by month, day by day. I consider myself a very dedicated and determined student-athlete who is extremely serious about achieve my goals. I am currently attending Bacchus Marsh Grammar, which has an exceptional sports program with two of the teachers having previously employed within AFL clubs. Since Year 7 I have worked very closely with these teachers in the school’s elite sports program and seen massive improvements in both my performance level and mental mind state. This year I was selected to be Captain of the Year 10 Football team and was also selected for the Year 12 Football team and was named in the team’s best six players.
I am also very passionate about the development of football in Victoria, and I am currently working with the Point Football Club training and developing younger players who I enjoy doing. Also, to this, I would also love to become a coach/mentor and work with more young kids who are looking to have a career in football. I believe I have a strong sense of community and is always willing to help with fundraising events such as sausage sizzles and trivia nights as I understand it takes a lot of work that goes unnoticed for a local football club to the operation, and it is vital to give back to the community that raised.