Date published: 13 September 2012
Awarded for his remarkable off-field performance, the Collingwood premiership player will this year complete a Certificate IV in Personal Training, a level 2 AFL coaching qualification and graduate with a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University.
For the past two AFL seasons, Alan Toovey has also worked at the Epworth Rehabilitation Unit as an ambassador, assisting in therapy teams and attending weekly sessions for inpatients and outpatients.
Peter McMahon, OUA Executive Director - Marketing, Sales and Digital commended Alan Toovey on his dedication with off-field pursuits in study.
"To excel as an elite AFL athlete and, at the same time, plan and study for a career beyond sport, takes great discipline, courage and leadership," says Mr McMahon.
"OUA and the Players' Association firmly believe that education plays a pivotal role in assisting players to focus on a future beyond their playing careers.
"Alan Toovey is obviously an outstanding example of how an elite footballer can apply the same hard working attitude to his studies that he does in football," says Mr McMahon.
The award night is also dedicated to the prestigious MVP award, which is the only peer voted award in the industry. OUA also extends its congratulations to Gold Coast Suns captain Gary Ablett who in a mighty feat took out the Leigh Matthews MVP trophy for a forth consecutive year.
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