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Yeronga State High School

Belly Nizigama

A passion for sport and fitness is fuelling Belly Nizigama’s career plans.

Belly’s AFL career took off when he was selected for the U16 All Nations & Diversity Initial Squad for the AFL State Championships.

It was a significant achievement, as he’d only been playing AFL for a short time.

‘I started playing soccer, then played rugby for a while before switching to AFL,’ Belly said.

‘At first it was hard, because there’s more freedom to run around, so you have to be really fit.’

Switching football codes wasn’t the only challenge for Tanzanian-born Belly.

‘I didn’t speak English when I moved to Australia in primary school, but getting used to the climate was harder. I lived in a cold area in Tanzania, so Australia felt hot,’ he said.

In Year 12 Belly completed a Certificate III in Fitness, which included working one day a week at Snap Fitness.

‘It gave me a good understanding of the business, including administration, marketing and promotions, weight-lifting techniques and personal training.

He is now studying at the Simon Black Australian Rules Academy and trains with the Lions Academy.

‘I would love to play professionally with Brisbane Lions,’ he said.

‘As well as training, the course includes a Business Diploma and accreditation in coaching and umpiring.

‘I can also do a Certificate IV to become a qualified personal trainer or professional sports coach.

Subjects: Dance Studies, English Communication, Physical Education, Prevocational Maths, Recreation, Science in Practice, Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology, Certificate III in Fitness
Career goal: To play professional AFL, or become a personal trainer or sports coach.

Last updated: 08-May-2017