Strathfieldsaye Auskicker Lennon Clarke has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
The 7-year-old from Junortoun was named as the round nine NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year nominee on Friday night during the clash between St Kilda and Geelong.
Lennon and the other weekly nominees will present a 2021 AFL premiership player with their medal on grand final day at the MCG.
Lennon started Auskick this year and it's safe to say he loves everything about football, especially his favourite team, Richmond Tigers.
"I like playing games and kicking goals," he said.
Lennon was nominated as Auskicker of the Year by his father Nathan.
"Around mid last year Lennon started to become obsessed with footy," Nathan said.
"He has a real intertest in the statistics, ladders, wins, losses and premiership winners."
In addition to his talent on the field, Lennon has another impressive skill.
He has memorised every grand final winner and Norm Smith medallist since 1939 and showcased his talent live on television alongside Hamish McLachlan.
Lennon has a large collection of grand final DVDs which he loves watching and there's one particular part of premiership matches which he enjoys.
"Lennon's favourite thing to do is watch all the players receive their medals and when I saw this competition I thought it was too good to be true," Nathan said.
"And now that he will have the chance to present a player with their medal at this year's grand final, it really is a dream come true for him."
Overall Auskick has seen participant numbers slightly ahead of where they were at the same time during 2019.
One of the biggest boosts for the 2021 season has been the five per cent increase among girls registering to play in comparison to previous years.
Auskick is a program for kids to engage with AFL related activities with the overall goal to increase skills within a fun and safe environment.
Registrations are still open to participate in Auskick 2021, more information and centre locations can be found at https://play.afl/auskick/2021-registration.
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