AFTER being the backbone of the Whitsunday Sea Eagles club in 2010, it is time for Stacey Lynch to move on.
As the senior trainer, club secretary, manager and Mackay AFL representative, the 23-year-old aussie rules fanatic will leave the Whitsundays next week to follow her dream of becoming a physiotherapist in the AFL.
Lynch will move to Alice Springs for the next four months to focus on her studies before she heads to Melbourne to discuss her future as a trainer in the Victorian Football League (VFL) – second division to the AFL, for the upcoming 2011 season.
After contacting various clubs via email, Lynch said she was shocked any of the clubs called her back.
“They called me the next morning and I was like ‘what, are you serious?',” she said.
“I didn't even think I'd get a response.”
Since then, Lynch has had talks with numerous VFL clubs including the Box Hill Hawks, Casey Scorpions and Port Melbourne who have all shown interest in the passionate trainer's achievements so far which include her being a rep trainer for the city/country game held earlier this year.
With only months to go before she will meet with the clubs, Lynch said she is still overwhelmed with the prospect of being involved in the VFL next season.
“I'm just blown away,” she said.
“It will be such a good experience for me.”
Whitsunday Sea Eagles captain Peter Bond said although it was sad to see Lynch go it was a great opportunity for a great person.
“Stacey Lynch is the heart and soul of the club,” he said. “She is now off to pursue the career she's always wanted and deserves.”
With only days to go before she has to leave her beloved town and Sea Eagles club, Lynch said it was time for a change but she would miss the club dearly.
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