Kangaroo Island Year 11 student Bailey Gaskin has now received his Certificate III in Sports & Recreation.
And it's all thanks to the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy, which he said was the best thing he's done this year.
He started at the Academy at the start of the year and his activities have included an outdoor camp in the Flinders Ranges.
During the camp, he learned about the culture of the original inhabitants and how they lived off the land.
"I've met lots of new people and have been doing lots of fun and practical things that count toward SACE credits."
He plans on graduating from KI Community Education next year and wants to become a PE or outdoor education teacher.
He is the first ever Kangaroo Island student to attend the academy, where he is doing Stage 1, Aboriginal Studies curriculum.
He is currently involved in SAASTA's netball shield where boys and girls play netball and learn about culture along the way.
Bailey has been part of the Far North Flinders team during his time at the academy.
He was named the Kangaroo Island Football League's 2019 Michael Pengilly Best First Year Senior Player but missed the Mail Medal presentation as he was at the outdoor camp.
SAASTA's aim is to encourage every student to aim high by raising the bar of expectation they place on themselves and their peers in areas such as attendance, participation, educational achievement and behaviour.
Because of this approach, students are considered ambassadors and role models who represent not only SAASTA but their schools, families and communities.