For a young person to walk away from all their friends... is a hard thing to do,' he told the Herald Sun last week. He was in a stable condition with non-life threatening injuries at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Ambulance Victoria said. Post-game, with a goal next to his name, Daw's grin was wide and full of life. Motorists on the bridge raised the alarm around 11 pm and he was recovered from the river by police and paramedics. Beyond Blue can be contacted on 1300 224 636. Daw held his spot and played the next week, scoring no goals but three behinds against Hawthorn. It's just 20 months since the Sudanese-born Kangaroo was rescued from the Yarra River late at night, a week before Christmas, with his life hanging by a thread, his pelvis and hips shattering on impact after he fell 20 metres from the Bolte Bridge. It signalled a man whose journey had provided so much hope to so many of the city's often marginalised African community, who was enjoying and accepting the support of those who loved him for being himself, a transformation in outlook that everyone at the club noticed with pride. Majak Daw (born 11 March 1991) is an Australian rules footballer who last played for the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the Australian Football League (AFL). When tall forward Robbie Tarrant went down with a thigh injury, Daw was brought in to replace him and make his debut in Round 4 against the Brisbane Lions. Everyone knew those helping Daw reclaim his mental health would benefit from having a football-filled light waving at the end of the tunnel and the club was a perfect place for him to recover, even if the chances of him ever playing senior football again seemed remote.
Thousands of shops and cafés remain open and rush hour Tubes are rammed - but some roads look... Why the long face? In Round 7 against the Western Bulldogs, Majak had a breakout performance in just his fourth career game, kicking a game-high 6 goals in North's 54-point win. In August last year, Daw and his partner Emily had a baby boy, Hendrix, as he recuperated from a hamstring injury suffered in the VFL - an occasion that would have surely seen the fist punch the air. ", He was delisted in October 2015, however, he was re-drafted in the 2016 rookie draft..
Daw's fall was just days after he issued a plea to troubled youth, particularly in Melbourne's African community, to resist peer pressure.  The incident has led to renewed calls to stamp out racism in sport, with former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu calling Daw a hero. Daw's drafting gained international attention: it was reported by the BBC and the Voice of America. As his family, friends, football club and town processed the shock at what had transpired, Daw came to the realisation he had a second chance at life and told others he wanted to play AFL again.
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Retired Collingwood star Dane Swan was also at the same bar and appeared in several photos posted to social media from the evening. 'Boom!' When he was selected in 2009, he became the first Sudanese-Australian player to be drafted into the AFL.  Daw stated that it "made [him] feel really small". The club has wasted no time putting a difficult … After the match, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said of Majak: "'Maj' is a good example of what you can do with really hard work. It's just 20 months since the Sudanese-born Kangaroo was rescued from the Yarra River late at night, a week before Christmas, with his life hanging by a thread, his pelvis and hips shattering on impact after he fell 20 metres from the Bolte Bridge. 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He made his first appearance for North Melbourne in a NAB Cup match on 20 February 2011. Daw and his family in Australia are refugees from the civil wars in Sudan. Daw and his family in Australia are refugees from the civil wars in Sudan. Daw had a slow start to his career after he was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft. Daw's drafting gained international attention; it was reported by the BBC and the Voice of America. Daw and his family in Australia are refugees from the civil wars in Sudan. Fortunately the outcome of today's event wasn't more tragic. In 2010 he became the first Sudanese-born AFL player when he was drafted ninth overall by … The North Melbourne defender fell from the 25m-high Bolte Bridge in Docklands, near where his team plays most of its home games.  In April 2011, playing for Werribee, Daw kicked an impressive running goal from beyond 50 m out, prompting calls for his inclusion to the senior team. Daw and his family in Australia are refugees from the civil wars in Sudan.  Daw made his AFL return on 1 August 2020 in a win against Adelaide, kicking one goal. Everyone knew those helping Daw reclaim his mental health would benefit from having a football-filled light waving at the end of the tunnel and the club was a perfect place for him to recover, even if the chances of him ever playing senior football again seemed remote. We are no longer accepting comments on this article.  The man has since been banned from all VFL games until he completes an anti-racism workshop and formally apologises to Daw for the slur. He didn't much much of an impact early in his career and was dropped to the reserves several times. Daw became the first Sudanese Australian to be drafted to an AFL club when he was contracted to North Melbourne in the 2009 AFL Draft. 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However, his debut ended on a sour note when he collided with teammate Ben Cunnington and suffered a concussion before quarter time, and he took no further part in the game. On the contrary, North Melbourne decided to keep that dream alive for Daw even ensuring the surgeons kept in mind that ambition when doing their miraculous work to repair the 27-year-old's battered body.
"For me to be able to work back to playing AFL footy, hopefully that gives people hope that they can get back to doing things they once loved.".
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