By Sam Watson

KORUMBURRA Secondary College recently announced two year 12 students, Corey Whelan and Jay Walker, had been accepted into a Dual Diploma of Sport (Sport Development), and Leadership and Management at Swinburne University.

The program, which is run in conjunction with the Richmond Football Club, runs for one year, but offers pathways to other qualifications.

Korumburra Secondary College year 12 coordinator Jessi Hunter said she and the school were incredibly proud of the enthusiastic youngsters.

“The boys have had to work pretty hard on their applications [for the course], and they’re both really excited to start their careers.”

Hunter said both boys were a little bit unsure of what they wanted to do, but the school quickly realised the program would be a perfect fit for them.

“We had a couple of students do the program a couple of years ago, so we knew it was around and it was something they would be both interested in,” Hunter said.

“So, we just showed it to them and explained what it was, we got them to register if they were keen for the information night, which they both did.

“And then after that it just cemented how they felt about it.”

Hunter said the course should suit the boys to a tee.

“Both of them love sports, all elements of sport, and they weren’t necessarily sure which direction within that field they wanted to go.”

“This is a really good one-year grad diploma to cover everything related to it.

“It’s all about sport development but it’s also the leadership and management side of it as well so it’s a nice broad course to start them off.”

And she has no worries about how they’ll go when they make the move to Tigerland and Swinburne University.

“I think they’ll thrive, they’ll love it because it’s their passion, they both love PE at school, always have, and both love being involved in community sport,” Hunter said.

Both youngsters play under 18s and senior football for Korumburra-Bena, so they might be able to learn a few things to bring back to the Giants.

Walker will be particularly excited to start the course as a Richmond supporter, and Whelan, who supports Geelong, will surely grow a soft spot for the yellow and black.