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Eddie Betts

16 November 2022

Join us as former AFL star Eddie Betts talks footy, racism, success and resilience

Picture Eddie Betts and the enduring images are of the freak goals, the incredible forward craft and the adoring fans celebrating his incredible talent.

But alongside his success, the veteran of 350 AFL games for Carlton and Adelaide has endured many lows – and not just the typical challenges of professional sport. When he started in the AFL at 17, Eddie could barely read or write. Throughout his entire life, the proud Aboriginal man has battled entrenched discrimination: ‘It was a reality for us,’ he writes in his recent autobiography. ‘It was an expectation.’

Since his retirement from football in 2021, Eddie has become a passionate spokesperson against racism and an advocate for equality. He’s also a published author, part-time assistant AFL coach and media commentator.

Resilience is clearly part of Eddie’s DNA, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the man himself! In this free webinar, sponsored by Deakin’s Office of Indigenous Strategy and Innovation, Eddie will talk openly on a range of topics that are relevant to anyone who’s working hard trying to achieve a goal – whether it be sporting, academic or personal.

From mental health and emotional wellbeing to work–life balance and coping in mainstream settings, Eddie will take you on a journey as he shares the impact of racism and discrimination on his life, career and family.

You’ll be inspired to reflect on – and challenge how – you think, see and feel about racism. You’ll also be able to apply Eddie’s insights into leadership and success to your own personal circumstances and ambitions.

When: Thursday 1 December, 12–1pm
Where: Online via Zoom – you’ll receive the link when you register

Eddie Betts: The boy from Boomerang Cresecnet. 'It's a long, hard road from the Nullarbor to the MCG.' Even better, the first 20 people to register for the webinar will receive a free copy of Eddie’s recent autobiography, The Boy from Boomerang Crescent! See full terms and conditions for this giveaway below.

Mind Matters 2022 Logo

We’re bringing you this incredible webinar as part of Trimester 3 Mind Matters – Deakin’s mental wellbeing movement event. We’re shining a light on mental health to make it a priority for everyone, not just those who experience mental illness.

Running throughout Week 4 – from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December – Mind Matters offers helpful information, strategies and resources to enhance your mental health. See the full program and get involved.

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