Local star tells kids dreams can come true
Wednesday, 15th September, 2010
It's a long way from BH High School's tramway oval to the MCG, but former local Brent Staker has proved it is possible with hard work and the determination to "follow your dreams".
The Australian Football League star was visiting his old high school yesterday to have a talk with students and to help them develop a positive attitude toward hard work.
Brent, the son of West Football Club legend Allen Staker, joined the Brisbane Lions this year after six years with the West Coast Eagles.
He played eight senior games at the local West Football Club before playing in the NSW/ACT Rams in the TAC Cup, at the age of 16. And before that he spent some time kicking a footy with his mates on the school oval.
Brent debuted for the Eagles in 2003 at the age of 19 and at the end of the 2009 football season was traded to the Brisbane Lions.
Brent yesterday told the students that during his time in the AFL he had learnt that believing in yourself and chasing your dreams were important things to remember.
He also spoke about the hard work that went into getting to the AFL and said that being dedicated goes a long way to realising dreams.
"Extra hard work goes a long way ... hard work will pay off in the future," Brent said.
Brent said he hoped the students took his advice and used it to their advantage.
BH High librarian Ros O'Connor organised the visit after finding out he was in town for an engagement and birthday party.
"Ros mentioned to my mum that they (the high school) would love to have me there," Brent said.
"It is great to be back at Broken Hill High School and to see some familiar teachers," he said.
Brent said being at BHHS was a terrific part of his life and he wished all the students the best.