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December 2021

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Collingwood against Hawthorn in the Victorian Wheelchair Football League match.

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Peter Mac Medal winner Jaylen Brown.

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The Peter Mac Medal.

Wheelchair players on the ball for Peter Mac

The very first Peter Mac Medal has been won in the Victorian Wheelchair Football League (VWFL).

The medal is awarded after a VWFL Collingwood versus Hawthorn match.

It goes to the player who best represents the values of resilience, commitment and teamwork, as chosen by the umpires.

The match was played on November 14, after being postponed since July due to COVID-19.

The Hawks held off a third-quarter comeback by the Magpies to win 83 to 76 – and dominant Hawks forward Jaylen Brown was awarded the first medal.

‘It feels pretty good – pretty special to get such a great award,’ said Jaylen, who drove three hours from Warrnambool to play.

Peter Mac’s executive director of people and culture Sean Curtain presented the medal and thanked the Collingwood Football Club for its ongoing support of the Peter MacCallum Centre.

It was Collingwood VWFL team captain Brendan Stroud’s vision to have a Peter Mac Medal as an extension of the AFL’s long-running Peter Mac Cup, which is contested each AFL season in a Collingwood versus Carlton game.

Since 1993, the Peter Mac Cup has raised more than $1 million for cancer research and allowed Peter Mac to reach the footy community with important cancer risk, prevention and detection messages.

‘It’s great for our game and it’s something that is close to my heart – having cancer myself,’ Mr Stroud said of the Peter Mac Medal coming to the VWFL.

‘Wheelchair football started in 2016 with nine players ... now we’ve got over 50 players and how proud can you be to see that grow and see the players loving it!

‘It’s a beautiful thing to watch.’

The VWFL exists to provide Victorians with a physical disability the opportunity to play Australian Rules football at a competitive level.