Shae will be speaking with Travis Cloke about our, his lived experience of dyslexia and why he is supporting our #Facesofdyslexia2021 Campaign.

Travis Cloke is a former professional AFL player who played with Collingwood for 10 years and Western Bulldogs for one year. He’s one of five children, and he and his two brothers are all dyslexic. Travis was diagnosed as dyslexic while at Yarra Valley Grammar, a school Travis says provided a lot of support to students with learning disabilities. It was there Travis was able to indulge his passion in art and he held the office of Arts Captain. In 2004, Travis made the Draft and went to play for Collingwood, leaving his budding art career on hold. Travis trained with the Magpies and completed his VCE, something he said was very challenging, but worthwhile. He retired from professional playing in 2017and returned to Collingwood where he has a role in development where he develops the code in the younger years 12 – 20, in particular with players from migrant and indigenous communities. This year Travis competed on Dancing With The Stars, where he is very proud to have mastered such dances as the Viennese Waltz, Cha-cha-cha, Pasadoble, Samba, and was eliminated for his Quick Step. Travis is married to Rebecca, they have one child and are expecting their second child in September.

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