Rhys Stanley and Gary Rohan, as well as AFLW players Maddy Keryk and Phoebe McWilliams, yesterday visited Barwon Health as part of the ongoing relationship between the Geelong Cats and the local health facility.

Stanley was recently appointed as a Barwon Health Foundation ambassador, joining teammate Scott Selwood who has held the position since 2016.

The 28-year-old father of one said he jumped on the opportunity to be an ambassador when he heard it was available.

“Being a new dad, I’m pretty passionate about some of the stuff the Barwon Health Foundation gets involved in. I’ve done a few Ward Walks here at Barwon Health before and loved being a part of it, so as soon as the opportunity came up I jumped on it.”

Over his four seasons with the Cats, Stanley has been a regular visitor to the University Hospital Geelong as a part of the club’s monthly tours of Barwon Health’s Children’s Ward and the Andrew Love Cancer Centre.

The relationship between the Geelong Cats and Barwon Health began formally in 2004 and during that time a number of players have visited the hospital bringing joy to patients and their families.