One of the stars of Hawthorn's 2019 AFL Blind premiership team will bring the growing sport to Launceston next week.
Vice-captain Ned Brewer-Maiga will lead a come and try clinic at Prospect Park, Harley Parade on Tuesday morning as part of the Hawks' pre-season visit.
"We're hoping to get as many young kids and young people with visual impairment to come down from the Launceston region and Tasmania and experience the game of AFL Blind," the 23-year-old said.
"A couple of our AFL boys will be there helping out so it'll be a really good opportunity to get down and enjoy blind footy and have a kick and experience a new game that's designed for people with vision impairment."
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A keen sportsman, Brewer-Maiga has 10 per cent vision after a genetic condition called retinitis pigmentosa kicked in when he was 18.
The lifelong Hawthorn fan said the change had led to many challenges, but also offered up a raft of new opportunities.
As a cricketer Brewer-Maiga has captained Victoria, played two world cups for Australia and will likely represent his country in the Ashes later this year.
He has also visited Malaysia with the Australian vision-impaired futsal team and works as a community trainee with Hawthorn.
"Nowadays I've got to achieve things I never would have," he said.
"I've got a baggy green, I've played for Australia in two different sports and I've got to play for the football club that I've always loved and now I've got a job for them as well, so things have definitely come around.
"It was very challenging but you've just got to try and find the silver lining again."
Brewer-Maiga said the sport had been a great outlet on a number of levels.
"After losing my vision I didn't feel like I could really participate at the same level as everyone else, so to be able to play a sport that's designed for someone like myself and that includes everyone is by far the best thing," he said.
"I love kicking the footy and to do it on an even playing field, that's the best part about it for me."
The clinic will run from 9.30am to 10.30am.
Interest can be registered via survey here.
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