Dan was drafted to the Richmond Tigers in the 2003 AFL draft, as a 17-year-old, year 11 student at Carey Grammar. He played for the Tigers for 11 years before retiring at the end of the 2014 season.
Dan played 156 games for the Tigers, won the Jack Dyer Medal for Richmond’s Best and Fairest in 2013 and was runner-up in 2009. He was also a member of the club’s leadership group for five years from 2009 to 2014.
During his career, Dan managed to complete a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and was also an active delegate and subsequent board member for the AFL Players Association.
In 2012, Dan was awarded the inaugural Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award for his work with numerous charities which included ambassador roles for Very Special Kids, Step Back Think and Headspace, along with Board positions for Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia and Ladder.
Dan’s interest and involvement in youth charities came about from his own experiences as both a school student and professional athlete.
The sole reason I was able to survive 11 years as an AFL footballer with all the stresses, pressures and anxieties that come with it, was 100 per cent due to the people that helped me along the journey.
“I believe every young person should be given the help, care and environment they need to not only be successful in their own lives, but more importantly to be safe and happy. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation provides exactly this, and that is why I support the organisation and the fantastic work they do.”
Dan became an official ambassador for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in January 2015. He has been a huge supporter of our work, including performing at Starry Starry Night, participating in media interviews, presenting at our NCAB Conference 2014 and undertaking a number of school talks.
I look forward to taking my responsibilities as a Foundation ambassador as an opportunity to continue to be a spokesperson and advocate for young people and hopefully helping make a little bit of difference.
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