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Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Marc Di Sa­bato

MEET your lat­est Lo­cal Sports Stars, plus catch up on all the week­end’s foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and soc­cer.

SOME­TIMES the true mea­sure of a great sportsper­son is the ef­fort they put in off the field as well as on it, a phi­los­o­phy Fre­man­tle Hockey Club’s J9/10 A Pro­mo­tion Boys have whole­heart­edly adopted.

The group of years 9 and 10 stu­dents could be do­ing the typ­i­cal teenage thing of lock­ing them­selves in their room and play­ing video games but in­stead have com­mit­ted them­selves to their sport as play­ers, men­tors and vol­un­teers.

Fre­man­tle Hockey Club ju­niors vice pres­i­dent Lee Ab­bott said the boys stood out be­cause of these ef­forts.

“They just want to play the game and have fun do­ing it; it re­ally doesn't mat­ter to them that they are not win­ning games but they are im­prov­ing on the field, sup­port­ing their mates and ac­cept­ing of ev­ery­one's dif­fer­ences,” she said.

“Four of the boys reg­u­larly um­pire the young play­ers each week, giv­ing up their own time on non­train­ing nights to help out the younger club mem­bers and coaches.

“One will come down to as­sist at

the fundrais­ing bar­be­cue on a Satur­day morn­ing and an­other hap­pily as­sists at the club func­tions.

“What re­ally helps them give back to the club is the at­ti­tude of their coach Liam Spencer who leads by ex­am­ple; the pos­i­tive role mod­el­ling that he gives the boys is price­less and ul­ti­mately that is the great­est gift.”

Ab­bott has nom­i­nated the team for Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Lo­cal Sports Stars com­pe­ti­tion in the Young Sport­ing Spirit-Team cat­e­gory for the sports­man­ship and com­mu­nity spirit they show both on and off the field.

The Fre­man­tle Hockey Club boys.

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