Story by GO supporter and Stories for Simon illustrator Lauren Briggs.

Adam, Tyran, Joel and Michael at the GO Foundation mentoring Day, May 2021
Adam, Tyran, Joel and Michael at the GO Foundation mentoring Day, May 2021

Brothers Tyran and Joel Hill share the same relaxed and cheerful voice.  Polite and congenial, they both love sport, in particular AFL and are very keen to share their story of how GO has positively impacted their lives.

Excited to be connected to Adam and Michael, Tyran imparts ‘they seem great people and have done a lot in the community.  I think that’s even more significant than what they did on the footy field.  It’s just great to be part of a program that’s inspiring people to do what Adam and Michael have done for the Aboriginal community.’

The brothers have always lived in Adelaide with their parents and sister Akaysha.  Their dad’s side of the family are Wiilman people from Noongar country. They have a large, extended family living in Western Australia and are lucky enough to have their grandfather, Pop, with them in Adelaide.

Tyran is 20 and the oldest of the three siblings.  It is evident that Tyran loves his sport and weaves this passion into all facets of his life.  He is currently in his second year studying a Bachelor of Human Movement at The University of Adelaide.  Determined and hardworking, Tyran is hoping to complete a Masters in Teaching.

Tyran, passionate about sport and education.
Tyran, passionate about sport and education.

Tyran began playing footy at the age of 6.  Skilled and talented, he played for North Adelaide in the 13s and continued to play each year, up until and including the 18s. Although he was unsuccessful in being drafted, Tyran moved into the senior reserve team for North Adelaide.

Having Indigenous mentors in their lives has been paramount.  Beside their mum and grandparent’s support, it was an Indigenous mentor at Adelaide High, Steve, who played a crucial role in guiding and supporting the boys through school (Steve currently mentors Joel at school) and informed them about the GO scholarships.

Joel with his Pop, Kevin
Joel with his Pop, Kevin

Joel is 14 and is currently in Year 9, enjoying his studies at Adelaide High School.  ‘I reckon my family would describe me as funny, maybe a bit silly and sporty.’  Joel loves his AFL and hopes for the opportunity to play professionally, following in the steps of the many Indigenous sport stars who have been role models to him, especially Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin.  ‘I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to be a GO scholar’, Joel explains.  ‘The GO Mentoring Day was a highlight.’ He was able to meet the other GO scholars and he especially enjoyed meeting Mark and Ash.

Joel has a keen interest in business and is potentially interested in studying a degree in business.  In his spare time, Joel loves kicking a ball around with Ty and his dad, playing sports on the weekend and spending time with his family.  A bit of PS4 with friends perfects the relaxation mix!

Both Tyran and Joel have a deep appreciation for being part of a loving and supportive family, which now includes the GO family. They too would like to positively affect people’s lives, especially that of Indigenous kids.

Tyran and Joel with family

Tyran and Joel with family