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Libby and Shane present Cooper with his award

The Ryan Gatgens Memorial Trophy was awarded to Cooper Bell on Thursday night.  Ryan’s parents, Libby and Shane Gatgens presented the award to the 14-year-old Cooper, the youngest recipient of the award since its inception in 2019. 

The Club in honour of Ryan’s memory, who passed in 2019 at the age of 32 after a mental health battle, created the award for what Ryan represented, a true Club person and a willingness to give back to Club, team and community. “Cooper epitomises what it means to be a true Club and community member”, said President Trevor Hume. “Volunteering his time to champion and care for our juniors, assisting Coaches and parents, as well as his peers”.

The Drysdale Hawks Football Club recognise the importance of supporting the welfare of players, coaches, members, and greater community to unlock their full potential on and off the field. The Club has launched a Club and Community Wellbeing committee, as well as acquired funding to support Youth Mental Health First Aid training for junior Coaches.

“High numbers of young people participate in organised sport, meaning that clubs, leagues and associations can provide an important context outside schools where positive messages, mental health education and guidance regarding support services can be provided” says Trevor.


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