Okay so the title of this post is a bit of a joke, but seriously if Aaron wasn't already in Heaven (literally!) then he would've been in Heaven yesterday if he got to go with his school footy team to a clinic with the Hawks. I was so excited to see this story on the Hawthorn Football club website today.
I hope the boys had an awesome day. I'm so excited for them that they got to do something so cool. Aaron would've freaked out about having Peter Knights coach them. I remember when he finally got to meet him in 2009 and it made his year! He was so excited about it and wouldn't stop talking about it for weeks.
I wish so much that Aaron was there with them, but if he was still here then the boys may not have actually gotten to go. It probably wasn't as exciting to them as it would've been to Aaron, especially because a lot of them probably don't even barrack for Hawthorn, but hopefully they realised how cool it was to do what they were doing. I'm so glad that they were able to go and it means a lot that the club even mentioned Aaron on their website.
This is the story that appeared on the Hawthorn website today:
Tassie premiers visit the Club
The 2013 McDonald's Tassie Hawks Cup premiers, Kings Meadow High School, were special guests at the Ricoh Centre on Friday.
The trip was a tribute to the school’s late Coach Aaron ‘Kingy’ King, a passionate Hawks fan, who sadly passed away on 26 January, 2012.
The entire team flew to Melbourne to watch the Hawks train before taking part in their own training session led by Hawks great, Peter Knights.
The group enjoyed lunch with Hawks players, had a tour of the facilities before participating in two inspiring sessions taken by Head of Coaching and Development, Chris Fagan and Player Welfare and Development Manager, Jason Burt.
Fagan delivered a stimulating session on goal setting, while Burt delivered an equally interesting session on the Club’s strategy around developing and looking after its players.
Students from Kings Meadow met Hawks players Shane Savage and Paul Puopolo.
Cyril Rioli stopped for a photo after training.
Peter Knights chanelled his coaching days, putting the Kings Meadow football team through its paces.
A team photo capped off the day post-training.