The Hobart

Tom McCallum

by Lily Whiting
Tom McCallum

Young Hobart AFL defender Tom McCallum was recently drafted to play with Port Adelaide Football Club and is looking forward to new sights as he moves away from his beloved Tasmanian AFL team mates, friends and family.

Where in Hobart do you live? Howrah.

Why Hobart? Hobart is home for me and my family.

Tell us a little about your work? I just finished studying at Guilford Young College and have played footy since I was a kid. Now it’s becoming my full time job, which is great!

Congratulations on being picked up in the AFL 2022 draft recently, what were you doing when you found out you had been selected? When my name was read out to be selected to play for Port Adelaide I was at home on the couch with Mum, Dad and my two younger brothers.

What is it about being a part of the Port Adelaide team that excites you most? The most exciting part about being a part of Port Adelaide is their rich culture and tradition.

They have been around for such a long period of time and have dominated the SANFL for so long.

There’s a decent number of young AFL players being drafted from Tasmania. What has the competition to get selected been like throughout this process? We are all just very happy for each other to get drafted and it’s good having so much talent when training together to push us to become better players.

What will this next quarter look like for you? My next quarter will be working hard living in my new state, Adelaide.

What are you going to miss about playing for the Tasmanian Devils? I’m going to miss playing with my mates every week as we all have such a good connection. A lot of us on the team have been playing together since the Under 12s state team, so it’s been pretty special to grow up and upskill together. Lots of my schoolmates have been in the team as well which made it even more fun.

I loved all the coaches and we were a really tight unit as a whole, so that’s what I will miss the most.

What do you love doing outside of this? Hanging out with mates.

Who do you admire? I admire athletes Adam Goodes and Usain Bolt.

Favourite podcast or tv show? Rick and Morty for a good laugh.

Your favourite place for…

Breakfast: A classic weetbix at home.

Lunch: Seafood at Mures.

Dinner: Rockwall Bar + Grill.

What are you reading now? I have just finished Nick Riewoldt’s biography.

What gets your goat? Well, both the Abletts are my GOATs!

What was your first job? My first job was boundary umpiring.

What are your daily news/social media habits? Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook.

Favourite team? San Antonio Spurs

Favourite Hobart secret? I’m not giving my favourite Hobart secret away!

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