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There are two Sam Reids currently playing AFL in the Sydney area.
One is a highly rated prospect for the future who plays for the well established, Eastern Suburbs based, Sydney Swans.
The other is a young man who plays for the GWS Giants, the brand new Western Sydney club fighting for support in its first year in the AFL competition. He is working hard to cement a regular place in the run-on side for his new team and is playing very good football. He was drafted by the Giants after a couple of very frustrating, injury ridden years at the Western Bulldogs, including being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009 (see Emma Quayle’s excellent article in The Age about this) . In the midst of all his efforts to make a career in AFL this young man is also working as a Youth Ambassador with young children afflicted with diabetes and providing support and inspiration for them, showing them the reality that it is possible to be an elite sportsperson with diabetes.
This young man is prepared to shave off his beloved beard to raise much-needed funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital as part of their Mind Over Matter Month event to support young kids diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. A small sacrifice one might think but it is the motivation and compassion that this young man shows that is so impressive.
This is THE Sam Reid.
I also commend you to read an excellent article about Sam by Michael Crowley in the Sydney Morning Herald last year.
Please get behind The Sam Reid who is, in my opinion, an admirable young man. If you need any more encouragement, listen to our interview above.
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