It’s not quite full circle for Bassendean big man Beau McDonald but close enough to get all parties smiling as he joins the V Swans team as the V Swans Active Education Regional Manager based at Roebourne District High School .
It’s a great get for the V Swans and for Roebourne, the wider City of Karratha and the kids in the Pilbara as he takes on a diverse and busy work schedule that includes the introduction of the V Swans award winning Shooting Goals Program, leads the New Horizons program and will Manage Roebourne/Karratha regions V Swans Strength 2 Succeed Academy.
McDonald is more than a 2 time Brisbane Lions Premiership star and talented product of the Swan Districts Football Club, he is an outstanding youth mentor, coach and has unique skills in dealing with young people with a great record and reputation with Pilbara Youth in particular.
“When a role like this was requested by Roebourne District High School earlier this year it only made sense that we welcome back Beau to the Swannies! Beau has been involved in some fantastic outcomes in the Pilbara region for the past couple of years and I couldn’t be more pleased to have him part of the V Swans team. A quality Swans person and a fantastic role model for our kids in the region, Beau will be an asset to an already brilliant group of hard working people in V Swans” Nicole Graves – General Manager V Swans
The Shooting Goals Program will suit McDonald as well with a back ground in and lifelong love of basketball (he had a choice of NBL and AFL) as well as a family connection top elite level netball with mum Di McDonald who played for Australia and is a professional netball coach with head coach of the Perth Oriels and coaching at the Western Australian Institute of Sport on her resume. A nice link in the V Swans family is her influence on a young champ Netballer Tracey Pemberton who went on to play for the Oriels and Fever, become Tracey Swami and win awards for the Shooting Goals Program as the V Swan Active Education Manager in the Hedland Region over the past eight years.
V Swans Justice and High Performance Manager Clint Degebrodt is elated with the appointment. “Beau has been an asset to youth development and community connection as well as Pilbara football and athlete development in his work as a volunteer within the Strength 2 Succeed Academy, Pilbara Athlete Development Program, in his role with Clontarf and coaching in the local community.”
Beau is the third Swan Districts Player to join the team after James Grabski now working with the West Coast Eagles FC and our current Kicking Goals Program Manager in Hedland Shane Beros.