Wade Dekker Health and PE Teacher
• Played for Melbourne City Youth Soccer Team for 3 years – started in year 12
• Spent Schoolies in Uganda and Kenya helping to build a children’s home with Hope builders International
• White water rafted down the Nile River and went on a 3-day safari in Kenya.
• In 2015 I signed a professional soccer contract with Melbourne City in the Hyundai A-League and deferred my teaching degree
• Played against Manchester City in Queensland
• I scored on my Debut in the A-league against Sydney FC
• I was on FIFA 16 and have a FIFA card - Playstation /Xbox game
• I was sponsored by Nike. Best part was I received new soccer boots every-time a new colour came out and new Nike clothes.
• Met Usain Bolt and played soccer with him on AAMI park
• At the end of the season, I got injured with Syndesmosis, in my ankle, against Adelaide United and was out for 6 months. This was my first major injury and it sucked. However, this injury taught me resilience, perseverance and how to overcome tough times in life.
• During my recovery time I decided to complete my teaching degree
• I now play in the NPL (VFL equivalent to the AFL) for Oakleigh Cannons.
I love that I get to pursue 2 big passions in my life now, playing soccer and teaching. It’s so fulfilling investing into young people’s lives, seeing them achieve their goals and becoming the best version of themselves.
My education philosophy is I want to share my experiences with my students and support them in becoming the best version of themselves. I want students to know they are valued and can achieve their goals in life. I aim to empower students to be active learners, create meaning through their individual experiences and be lifelong learners.