This is an email I received yesterday. I love getting these from keen young writers. I’m sure we’ll hear from Daniel again soon:
My name is Daniel and I am enthralled to be a part of this wonderful team of journalists and writers. I am replying to give you my word of appreciation and thanks for allowing me to be here, but also to respond to your survey questions.
I recently turned 15, and I live in the harbour city, Sydney. Living here makes it a no-brainer that I would support the Swans. I first watched them play in the scintillating 2012 Grand Final, and now, I strive to watch every single game.
I have a few sports that take my fancy but the three main ones are: cricket (supporting Australia), soccer (mostly the Premier League, in which I support Manchester City), and finally, AFL.
As I am only 15, I spend hours on end studying SOHCAHTOA and the Industrial Revolution (of course, fitting in time to watch the footy!) and I do not attend university as of yet. I am, however, proud to be a hard-worker at Normanhurst Boys High School, in year 9.
I am half-Indian and half-Australian. My Indian side comes from my mother, who gives me all my facial features. My Australian side comes from my father, who gives me my love for cricket and AFL. However, my mother has a sporting background as well. Her father played domestic hockey for Delhi, India (unlucky not to receive a cap to play for India), and he was also a sports journalist.
Thank you for giving me the oppurtunity to express myself and tell my stories at the footy almanac. I am looking forward to writing for you.
From Daniel Saunders, age 15