Wildcat Damian Martin throws support behind WA’s ‘Kindness Travels’ road safety campaign

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Perth Wildcats captain Damien Martin, with his daughter Maggie, 3, and surrounded by nephews and nieces Lacey, 7, Lucia, 9, and Blake Morgan, 11.
Camera IconPerth Wildcats captain Damien Martin, with his daughter Maggie, 3, and surrounded by nephews and nieces Lacey, 7, Lucia, 9, and Blake Morgan, 11. Credit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

A push to bring back the “West Aussie Wave” takes Perth Wildcats captain Damian Martin back to fond memories of his time growing up in country NSW.

Martin’s hometown of Gloucester was typical of regional Australia where everyone knows each other and the wave was a common staple of daily life.

“We only have one main street, so when you go into town you pretty much wave to everyone,” he said. “And there’s a roundabout at the end of the street, so you go around that and do another lap and wave to everyone again. It’s beautiful having that community feel and a wave and a smile goes a long way.”

Perth Wildcats captain Damien Martin gives a friendly wave at the wheel of his car.
PICTURE BY NIC ELLIS THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Camera IconPerth Wildcats captain Damien Martin gives a friendly wave at the wheel of his car. PICTURE BY NIC ELLIS THE WEST AUSTRALIAN Credit: The West Australian

Martin has lent his support to the “Kindness Travels” campaign aimed at increasing respect between drivers. The State Government has joined Seven West Media and other media outlets to promote the campaign as the State emerges from the coronavirus lockdown.

“A lot of people are learning about themselves, their families and their values,” Martin said.

“What we thought was normal was taken away and you have to change your focal points and it’s been really nice having that forced time at home. I think they are things we’ll take forward once normality resumes.”

Martin is yet to confirm if he will keep playing with the Wildcats.

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