We’re so proud of Hugh
Mum’s blessing as our AFL draft pick Hugh Dixon eyes his move to the Dockers
THE anxiety, nerves and anticipation were replaced with euphoria and relief for Hugh Dixon and his family when his AFL dream became a reality.
Dixon, who turns 19 in February, was taken at pick 44 by the Fremantle Dockers in the national draft on Friday, becoming the first Tasmanian to be drafted into the AFL since 2015.
Fremantle’s decision to draft the Kingborough forward marked the end of one chapter and the start of another.
Hugh’s mum, Julie Homer, however, had no issue with her son’s move to Western Australia.
“It was never about where he went. It was always about Hugh’s sole focus and ambition — it is a mixture of euphoria and relief,” Ms Homer said.
“After no Tasmanians were drafted last year, Hugh was painted as a bit of a golden boy and there was a lot of pressure on him.”
Hugh concedes he couldn’t have made it through the experience without his family and friends.
“I was extremely anxious leading up to the draft but my friends, family and girlfriend have been so supportive. It has been unreal,” Dixon said.
Dixon’s father Stephen admits it was a stressful experience.
“The relief on Hugh’s face and the euphoria from everyone in the room was unbelievable — it brought a tear to my eye,” he said.
“I have never experienced anything like it.”
Stephen, a lifelong Hawthorn supporter like his son, is more than happy to split his allegiance with the Dockers.
“It’s amazing how quickly Hugh’s friends have learnt the Fremantle team song,” he said.