Football season is here. In Australia you are spoilt for choice with the amount of sport and number of ‘footy codes’ to choose from.
In our family it’s Australian rules football and the AFL (Australian Football League).
Mac has consistently maintained he is a Sydney Swans supporter (which is my team ) yet his dad is a very loyal Carlton Blues supporter. I have let Mac know he doesn’t have to ‘truly’ commit to a team until he turns 10 but he has been solid on the Swans for a good few years now.
We were reasonably organised this year, even made it to the opening game of the season in Sydney last Saturday. An historic moment being the first game ever for the new Great Western Sydney Giants (GWS). I’m not sure he doesn’t love the pre-game frivolity and post-game celebrations a little more than the actual game… that’s probably not that unusual for an 8yo – particularly one who can’t really see what’s happening on the field courtesy of his cortical vision impairment.
While Mac has had a lovely time over the years snuggling with his Dad, usually in front of the fire, for the couple of hours it takes for an AFL game to take place he hasn’t really been that engaged. He’s been to a couple of live games in the early days but they seemed to ‘freak him out’ a little with the crowd roar and the whole ‘lack of vision’ thing.
This year Mac has joined his ‘first ever’ footy tipping competition with his Dad and some other Dads’n lads. Great practice for AAC (either with auditory or visual scanning) and we have found some time for him to select his tips at school. This has a couple of benefits… it helps the other kids see him doing the same stuff (or cooler stuff) than them and it saves me one job at home. It does help that his Learning Support person this year is an AFL supporter (although there’s no explaining him being a Richmond supporter).
At the moment we have each of the rounds set up on the computer for visual scanning, but might (time permitting), load them into a Dynavox share page for easy updating each year.
I am looking forward to seeing how Mac fares in his first ever tipping comp… ‘carn the Swannies!