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Michael Cranmer  December 5, 2017 3:38 PM

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PORT ADELAIDE recently hosted the Community Youth Sports & Wellbeing Carnival at EP Nazar Reserve, with students across a number of schools in the community coming together to engage in a variety of sports alongside Port Adelaide players.

On Thursday Joe Atley, Dan Houston, Willem Drew, Peter Ladhams, Emmanuel Irra, Jarrod Lienert and Cam Hewett joined 210 school students to deliver important messages around being active, making good decisions and living a healthy lifestyle.

The carnival is a great way for students to be active and learn important healthy lifestyle lessons, but according to Port Adelaide’s Community Youth Program Manager Russell Ebert it is equally beneficial for the Port players.

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“The players are developing all of the time. They come to the club as talented, young men in a sporting sense, but they are continually looking to improve,” Ebert told

“These carnivals are a great way for the boys to develop some more life skills, while providing the community with valuable knowledge.”

The day consisted of AFL, cricket, netball and wheelchair basketball clinics, with Power players participating in the variety of sports, while interacting with students.

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“It’s all the healthy lifestyle messages we deliver in the classroom, and this is our opportunity to bring them outside and demonstrate it,” Ebert said.

“A lot of our players have played other sports, so it’s great for the students to interact with our boys across a multitude of sports.

“For these students to hear the messaging from our Port boys about healthy lifestyles and wellbeing, then seeing them play on the big stage - it’s a connection they will have for the rest of their lives.”

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