As Holiday Inn Melbourne launches another year as a key partner with the Bendigo Pioneers, star player and ambassador Jacob Chisari shares his ambition and inspiration.
Where did you first start playing football?
I started off like many other footballers at Auskick, but then progressed to play my first game with the South Mildura under 11s team.
What do you enjoy about it?
I enjoy the comradeship and the trust that you build with your teammates and all the challenges that come with playing football.
At what point did you decide you wanted to try and play professionally?
It’s always been a dream of mine to try and play professionally but probably from the Under 15s State Championships in Perth.
Who do you admire as role models?
The people that I most admire are those that don’t take the easy way out, people who work hard and don’t leave a stone unturned. In the AFL I’d probably say Sam Kerridge, watching him train and training with him in Mildura inspires you to work even harder.
What is your advice for young players who want to follow in your footsteps?
For the young players who want to follow in my footsteps my bit of advice is to make the most of your opportunities, grab the opportunities with both hands and who knows where it could lead you.
What are you looking forward to most in 2013 (on or off the field)?
I am most looking forward to hopefully having a big year with the Bendigo Pioneers and possibly playing finals. Also the completion of VCE will be a bit of a relief.
To read more from Holiday inn Melbourne’s Bendigo Pioneers sponsorship, click here for our interview with 2012’s ambassador and now Western Bulldogs recruit Jake Stringer.