May 2018 The West Australian
Seeing two clubmates face the challenge of raising a child with severely impaired hearing has become the driving force for Fremantle’s Darcy Tucker to get involved with the Telethon Speech and Hearing institute. Tucker and teammate Brady Grey were at the Wembley institute’s family fun day yesterday as part of the Dockers’ partnership with the organisation. Also there were Fremantle development coach Marc Webb and his wife Lisa, a star in Fremantle’s AFLW team.
The Webbs’ three-year-old son Ollie attends the institute after being diagnosed with severe to profound hearing impairment soon after birth. Ollie received a cochlear implant in March to improve his hearing.
The Webb family with Darcy Tucker.
“It is how I got involved,” Tucker said. “Obviously this is a great initiative for all of the kids who have hearing and speech difficulties. It is a great partnership with the club, especially with Marc and Lisa Webb, whose son Ollie has involvement here. We have seen the great things that the Telethon Hearing and Speech Centre have been able to do for Ollie and the Webb family. It is great to be a part of. It is rewarding for me as a player.”
Tucker said the institute played a vital role in preparing hearing-impaired kids for education, and taught life skills. “What they do is build kids into schooling so they learn how to speak and hear better,” he said. “It supports the families as well which is important because it is obviously tough for the families in these types of situations. They have all of the tools here to make the kids’ lives as normal as possible.”