College Captain

George Stevens

As an all round sports person, George’s hard work and natural sporting talent during 2021 was turning heads. He had been selected for the NAB League AFL team Greater Western Victoria Rebels as well as the Vic Country AFL Academy. He was playing state basketball for Vic Country and was invited to attend a basketball camp at the Australian Institute of Sport. Unfortunately, in November last year George hyper-extended his knee playing in a pre-season football match. The injury required an immediate knee reconstruction.

George has proved himself to be a remarkably resilient young man with his approach and commitment to recovery. Taking the advice of his Melbourne based surgeon and his local Physiotherapist, George has been able to use the High Performance Training Program as an important part of his rehabilitation. His individualised program has been tailored to suit his recovery, seeing his workouts in the gym include weights and exercises to build up his quads, glutes and hamstring muscles.

George has been swimming, riding and rowing to maintain his cardiovascular fitness and is really looking forward to being able to commence running again soon. His commitment to a full recovery is such that he will only do so at his surgeon’s recommendation - a very mature approach.

Identifying his older brother Archie (Class of 2021) as his main sporting idol, George admits he has followed Archie around since he was little. Archie has modelled to him how to train, how to have fun, how to achieve goals and how to develop discipline and training habits. Archie, recently signed to Carlton’s VFL side, continues to be George’s inspiration. Both boys are ultra competitive and George believes if Archie can make it, then he can too.

George plans to continue pursuing playing at the highest levels of football and basketball if he can. However he accepts that at some point he will need to make a difficult choice between the two sports, to better balance his training and his studies.

George Stevens is a wonderful ambassador and role model to other students at Emmanuel College. We wish him well in his recovery and look forward to seeing him achieve his goals.