A tribute to Abe Knox

The St Mary’s Sporting Club has been devastated by the news of the tragic passing of Abe Knox on Friday night.

Abe played all of his junior footy at St Mary’s, starting out with Auskick and continuing until Under 15’s.
Abe will be terribly missed by his team mates and the junior coaching team. Abe was fun loving and his smile was infectious. By nature, Abe was intimidating to the opposition but a protector of his smaller team mates. Abe’s sister Piper, has played netball for St Mary’s for many years.

Our support and condolences are extended to Abe’s parents, Phil and Rylie and sisters, Jas, Piper and Nellie.

A Go Fund Me Page has been set up to help Abe’s family in this time of need.

The club has reached out to the family offering our full support. We have also spoken to all coaches and a number of parents of boys who are close to Abe and will again be meeting to work through how as a club what other support we can offer during this terrible time.

During these difficult times we as individuals need to ensure that we are looking out for our own and others mental health. To do this it is extremely important that we keep asking difficult questions to ourselves and those that we are closest to. These questions can revolve around a wide range of issues. It is important to realise that one’s mental health changes, so it is important we keep checking up on one another and have a clear support system in place. See below for a few of the many resources which are available within the community:

Beyond Blue – https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Headspace – https://headspace.org.au/covid-19/

Meditation Podcasts – https://www.verywellmind.com/best-meditation-podcasts-4771686

Key contact details for additional resources are shown below:

·       Headspace Geelong – 5222 6690

·       Barwon Health – 52226690

·       Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636

·       Gamblers Help Victoria – 1800 858 858

·       Barwon Child, Youth and Family – 5226 8900

Please note that the club is here if additional help or facilitation to seek help is needed. If you can’t seem to source the help required, please contact Kevin McMahon or Mitchell Etherton on the details below.

·       Kevin McMahon – 0457 507 202

·       Mitchell Etherton – 0409 100 092

Stay safe and look after each other.