Chas­ing suc­cess

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PIARA Wa­ters lo­cal Chayse Stod­dart is only seven, but he’s al­ready shoot­ing hoops against play­ers four years his se­nior.

CHAYSE Stod­dart has only just turned seven, but he is al­ready shoot­ing hoops against kids four years his se­nior.

The Piara Wa­ters lo­cal shoots hoops at Cock­burn Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion for the Spear­wood Hawks un­der-10s team, and also plays for an un­der-12s team on the week­end at Vic­to­ria Park.

Mum Amanda Stod­dart said her son took to the sport like a duck to wa­ter af­ter prac­tis­ing with his dad ev­ery day at home.

“He started Aussie Hoops (at Cock­burn) when he was quite lit­tle, when he was four,” she said.

“It was def­i­nitely his dad’s idea. I’m foot­ball. I push him towards foot­ball, but he loved bas­ket­ball… he’s very pas­sion­ate about it. Watches it, plays it, he’s non-stop play­ing it out­side. If he’s not out the front play­ing it, it’s out the back on a lit­tle hoop.”

Pint-sized Chayse was nom­i­nated for the Lo­cal Sports Star award by coach Kirsty Perry.

In 2016, Chayse re­ceived an All Star award for be­ing in the top 5 play­ers for the un­der-10s di­vi­sion and was the team’s top scorer at just six years old.

“We for­get that he was only six years old, that’s the big­gest thing.

“We en­cour­age him a lot, be­cause we know he likes it, but at the same time he was only six. He’s in Year 1,” Ms Stod­dart said.

“It’s quite amaz­ing. I’m shocked still that he’s play­ing un­der-10s. He’s got four more years in this grade, that’s the un­be­liev­able thing. Imag­ine what he’s go­ing to be like in four years.

“We’re very, very proud of him; ex­tremely proud.”

Chayse said it can be dif­fi­cult out on the court, but he al­ways has a good time.

“You get to have the ball and you get to have lots of fun. And you get to have shots and you get to have free throws,” he said.

The young­ster said he wants to be like Michael Jor­dan, and is a big LeBron James fan “be­cause he can do cool dunks”.

Picture: Jon Hew­son d471432

Chayse Stod­dart.

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