Bradley Appo

Bradley Appo a Wakka Wakka man has seen his fair shares of triumphs.

His two children and their sporting abilities is something he is very passionate about.
Being in at out of foster homes all my life, "I want to give my children the best life and show them that they are lucky to have the life they do."

"We can make it; you can be anything you want to be if you just believe in yourself."

The biggest achievement in my life is breaking into a professional industry, which is usually classed as elite. I used to look up to my eldest brother who also was a jockey, and my foster father who was a saddle bronc. He had his own ring barking, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. That was until he met a trainer who trained racing horses, asking Bradley if he wanted to become a jockey and 14 years of age Bradley answered "Yeah." The old trainer changed Bradley perspective of a saddle bronc.

Having a fall in 1999, where the doctors had told Bradley he would never ride a horse again made his life just shatter.

Playing it safe he decided to get a job that he could help children as a Child Protection Adviser for Goolburri. My job entitles myself to give the case workers cultural awareness about Indigenous people and explain to the parents why the department is there. "I know how these kids are feeling and I can relate to a lot of the issues that they have."

"I'm a proud Aboriginal because our heritage has been handed down through generations and it makes us who we are today, a loud and proud Aboriginal."

A quote that Bradley believes in, "Never give up."

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