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Eugene Warrior former Port Power, Norwood and Adelaide Crows (Crows) player has been confirmed to be the man to lead the football component of Port's revolutionary bid to open pathways for Aboriginal teens to professional football, as well as increase education opportunities for students.
Warrior who also played for the Port Magpies, Norwood and Crows also achieved South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) said 'My old man was a copper for 20 years, so I had no choice.'
He said, the program aimed to bust the roadblocks preventing Aboriginal teens from fulfilling their potential, both on and off the sporting field.
'You hear so many stories,' he says. 'I've been at footy carnivals, you sit there and watch and say 'Who's that guy?.' 'Oh yeah, he could be anything buy he just wants to stay home. Just wants to be around family.'
'You hear 'There's a kid from Western Australia, or that kid from New South Wales, if only he's pulled his head in he could've been something.' 'These guys just need role models around them to support and guide then in the right direction, that's what this program is all about. We want to make sure no kids slips through the net, we pick them up and say, 'Hey, there's an opportunity here.'
The Power will run an open combine for students to fill the 30 available sport on March 22 at Alberton Oval. Students interested in attending should contact the Power's Aboriginal programs manager, Paul Vandenberg.