By Olivia Bunter
Australian Football League (AFL) rising star Francis Watson recently returned to his alma mater, taking the time out of his schedule to visit the students at La Salle College.
College Principal Wayne Bull was thankful for Watson’s visit on 16 November, explaining how important his success is for the younger students to witness.
“It was wonderful to welcome Francis back to the College to share his story,” Mr Bull said.
Following his completion of high school, the now 22 year-old defender hit the ground running – he was offered a position with Clontarf Aboriginal College to do a Certificate II in Automotive, which, earnt him an apprenticeship with Cummins.
His developing professional success was paralleled by his football career when he was invited to play at Claremont Football club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) in the Colts Premiership team in 2013.
The following year, he attained 18 WA State honours in the NAB Championships – then in 2016, the West Coast Eagles drafted Watson to be a Next Generation Academy.
Watson’s work ethic is something of a positive influence for the students at La Salle, which Mr Bull emphasised to The eRecord, also explaining what an important role model Watson is.
During his visit to the college, he spent several hours interacting with the students and teachers, recalling fond memories of his time there.