Message with extra spin for students

Ellie Honeybone, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph

It is not every day that an international cricket star pays a visit, but the students at Comet Bay Primary School were lucky enough to meet Australian spin bowler and World Cup hero Brad Hogg after he made a stopover last Wednesday.

Mr Hogg attended the school as part of his role as ambassador for educational consultancy School Drug Education and Road Aware.

SDERA has a long history with Comet Bay Primary and organised for Hogg to visit the school and discuss the importance of life skills, such as resilience and self-empowerment.

Hogg spoke about his long and successful career with the Australian and WA teams and how the setbacks he endured and criticism he received enabled him to become a stronger and more valuable team member.

SDERA communications and marketing manager Pepita Bulloch said the program hoped to give students the information to make good choices in tough situations.

"Comet Bay Primary School is one of 100 schools in the State that has a whole-school approach to drug and road safety education and students from kindergarten through to Year 6 are encouraged to become road and drug aware," she said.

Hogg has spent the past few weeks visiting schools in the metropolitan area and around the State.

He has been an ambassador with SDERA for 18 months and said he thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the children and answering their intelligent questions.

"I have experienced the highs and lows of sport and I wanted to be able to put back into the community that has given me so much, because without schools, teachers and parents, cricket would not be the game it is today," he said.

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