A local dentist and a local dental student have been honoured at the opening day of Perth’s Dockers AFL Grand Final at Fremantle’s Park Oval.
Dr Lee Dent and his son Sean are set to receive the honour of becoming the first Australians to be named to the AFL’s All Australian team.
The 23-year-old has already been named to WA’s All-Australian team, and is set to be part of the WA All-Stars at the grand final.
Dr Dent, who was born and raised in Perth, was the first person in his family to receive an A grade from the College of Dental Surgeons.
He also won the WA Dental Society’s Young Dentist of the Year Award, and was recognised by WA Premier Colin Barnett as the first WA dental student to be elected to the Victorian Legislature.
He was also a regular on WA’s WA’s premier radio station, WA 1040 WA, and in WA’s National Capital Region, and served as the regional Dental Health Coordinator for the WA Department of Health.
Dr Lau is set for a long career with the Dockers.
He has worked with WA’s first premiership team, the Western Bulldogs, as well as a number of state premiers.
The Fremantle District Medical Officer, Dr Ian Lau, said it was a privilege to work with Dr Dent, and his family.
“I’m thrilled that he’s chosen to become an All Australian player, it’s a great achievement and he’s a true champion of dental science,” Dr Lau said.
“It’s a fantastic honour to be able to work alongside him.”
He’s been a key figure in my life, he’s an important part of my work and I’m so proud to be a part of his success.
“Dr Lau said the pair had a great relationship, and that they had grown close during the WA dental program and were good friends.”
The fact that he is now an All-Aussie is fantastic for the profession and we’re really looking forward to seeing what he’s able to achieve in the future,” Dr Lees said.