Gavin's Deadly Choice: To stay fit and be positive
Former AFL legend, Brownlow Medalist and contemporary Indigenous artist, Gavin Wanganeen, is a descendent of the Kokatha Mula people. Kokatha people have a strong connection to country, culture and hold the Tjukupa (Lore) and caring for country. The Kokatha lands are located in the Central/South Western desert in South Australia.
Growing up, Gavin spent time on the State’s West Coast where his maternal great grandfather, Dick Davey was a respected leader of both the people of Koonibba Mission, and the general community. Dick Davey continues to inspire and influence Gavin’s painting, and his connection to culture.
"Football has given me some wonderful opportunities in my life, a strong sense of achievement and an understanding that role models can make a difference to people's lives.
"I believe Indigenous kids need a range of role models – some in sport but also, teachers, business leaders, nurses, researchers and artists.”
Gavin Wanganeen is an important and inspiring role model within the Indigenous community due to his successful sporting career and transition to working artist.
Favourite healthy meal: Fish and salad.
Favourite exercise: Working out in the gym.