Colac Imperials has become the latest destination for athlete Duom Dawam during his incredible journey in sport and life on an international scale.
Imperials officials announced on Wednesday they had secured 200-centimetre ruckman Dawam on the eve of the Cats’ 2019 football season.
The Sudanese-born refugee relocated to Colac in 2019 after pursuing careers in both football and basketball at the highest level as a junior.
Dawam was hot property in football as a teen, joining the likes of emerging AFL superstars Isaac Heeney and Angus Brayshaw in the AIS-AFL Academy after impressing in the TAC Cup system with the Western Jets.
He said he stepped away from the sport at draft age to follow “his dream” of becoming an NBA basketballer, prompting a move to America to play in the competitive high school system.
Dawam, now 23, still has aspirations to play at the highest level in either football or basketball.
But in the short term, Dawam said he planned to live in Colac to take a step back from life and reignite his passion for footy during a stint with Imperials in the Colac district league.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.