Shaquade is a 17year old local Aboriginal lad with a story of redemption.
He’s overcome many hurdles to become the person he is today. Shaquade succumbed to peer pressures which took his life on the wrong path.
On his last chance, Shaquade was offered the opportunity to enrol in the Kicking Goals Program in Port Hedland, a school based traineeship, by V Swans staff Shane Beros.
Knowing that this was a pivotal moment in his life and with encouragement from Shane, Shaquade took the opportunity and hasn’t looked back since.
Shaquade is now working as a trainee within the Kicking Goals program at Hedland Senior School after completing his Certificate II in Sport and Recreation and is now going on to complete his Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation.
“Nothing was going right, I had to change”
“What I was doing at the time was just not right, so I just took a hard right”.
“I came back to Port Hedland and joined into the Kicking Goals Program” said Shaquade.
“Some kids need different avenues, different pathways, because, like we all know, it’s easy to get distracted”
“Kicking Goals Program, kids learn to do everything, it’s not just sport, it’s education, learning to cook, learning to drive, it’s all part of it” Nic Naitanui said.
“They’re helping me succeed in every way possible” Shaquade said.
The West Coast Eagles, BHP Billiton and V Swans join forces to make the Kicking Goals program possible.
The Kicking Goals program, is one of Australia’s largest regional AFL based mentoring programs, combining sports based initiatives to help students in the Pilbara towns of Port Hedland and Newman achieve better educational and employment outcomes. The program is a curriculum-based initiative that utilises a reward and incentive system, where students are required to maintain certain key performance indicators to stay in the program and be eligible for various incentives including visits by West Coast Eagles players.