Keep your loved ones close: a powerful reminder from AFL legends 18



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As one of the best full forwards in the League’s history, Peter “Huddo” Hudson is a hero and mentor to a whole generation of younger Hawks players and fans alike.

His talent and strong moral code has imprinted a lasting legacy on the Hawthorn Football Club’s culture, with players remarking “he puts a smile on your face every time you see him, because he’s just that type of a bloke”.

But for Hudson himself, the biggest heroes of all are much closer to home: his parents, Molly and Bob. And he’s a firm believer that nothing matters more than spending time with your loved ones.

“Life is definitely better when our Greats feel they are appreciated and respected. I make an effort to see my parents as often as I can – they’ve both followed me all the way through my football career, so we’ve got plenty to talk about,” said Hudson.

Since his parents relocated to Melbourne, Hudson makes the most of the newfound closeness by bringing his kids and grandkids around for regular face-to-face catch-ups.

But recognising not everyone has the luxury of a Great close to home, Hudson reminds how even the smallest gestures can go a long way.

“A cup of tea, a phone call or even just a ‘hello’ in the right time at the right place makes all the difference,” said Hudson.

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Showing gratitude for the ongoing support of Greats is also a priority for Brisbane Lions players Justin Clarke and Brent Staker, who recognise club volunteers Kay and Kerry Dowsett as people who have helped shaped the club to become what it is today.

The pair, pictured below, have volunteered for the Club over a number of years, making lunch for the team weekly and have adopted the boys as their “surrogate grandchildren”.

bupa-footy-legends Brisbane Lions Volunteer Kerry Dowsett with Player Justin Clarke / Brisbane Lions Volunteer Kay Dowsett with Player Brent Staker

Who is your Great? How did they help make you the person you are today? And is there anything you can do today to reconnect with them?

This post has been sponsored by Bupa. It was written as we feel it offers valuable insights into a subject close to the Starts at 60 community. For more information, please visit the #CaringForOurGreats website.

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  1. I would love to have my parents still here but dad’s fate was sealed over 35 years ago and mum’s 10 years ago. I have a daughter who lives in Sydney so don’t see her as often as I would like but my two other children are here in Perth so we do see them but don’t live in their pockets. After all, they have to be able to get together with their friends as well.

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  2. What a great bloke … Everyone should have this attitude and the world would be a better place !!

  3. Who made me who I am today? I DID. My life was anything but ideal but I have survived and become a person I could respect.

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    • Thank you Suzanne Jarvis, forward is the only way to look. I’m loving the life I now have and wish you all the best as ell.

  4. So stop all the violence on The field and off! Punch ups are what football fields thrive on and it’s not acceptable.

  5. I made the person I am today, my mother died when I was 6 , I was adopted by my second cousin who treated me like a slave until I married when I was 21, so no warm & fuzzy upbringing here. Happy for those who were bought up in a loving family, but not every one has a happy upbringing.

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    • I wish every child could be loved and nurtured. I am sorry that you did not have this. I am glad you have made something of yourself. You are a wonderful mother I bet

  6. Just watched a rally for Bart Cummins,after speeches Hundreds of ballons hit up in air to float who knows where,the thing is lots will land in our waterway,to be swallowed and killed by our wildlife,i have put this up before so please the people who continue to do this cruel action how would you like to have a rope tied around you neck hands tied behind your back and thrown in to the river,food for thought,maybe some public outrage would make a rethink about this cruel useless practice,thank you for your attention

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