Teen’s hard work reaps big re­wards

QUIET ACHIEVER RECOG­NISED

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

ST MARYS Saints sec­ondrower Lind­say Smith has had his quiet achieve­ments recog­nised with a Ju­nior Sports Star nom­i­na­tion.

Smith has spent years train­ing him­self to be­come ex­cel­lent at rugby league and, this year, he earnt a spot among the best ju­nior play­ers in the coun­try on the un­der-15 Aus­tralian School­boys Merit team in June.

The 15-year-old has loved play­ing league since he was two years old, but said be­ing an ex­cel­lent player did not come nat­u­rally to him.

“I was never a star when I was a lit­tle kid,” Lind­say said.

“I had to work hard to get where I have so far.

“I think this nom­i­na­tion shows how far I have come.

“It is hard some­times – you have got to tell your mates that you can’t do stuff and you have got to be able to think to your­self what’s the right thing to do.”

Lind­say’s mother Narelle Smith said she was proud to see her son’s hard work recog­nised.

“I was pretty Mrs Smith said. “

“He’s never been a su­per­star and the same with school, but he’s al­ways been a hard worker that puts him­self right in the game.

“It just goes to show that hard work pays off.”

While Lind­say’s ul­ti­mate

ex­cited,” goal is to one day rep­re­sent Aus­tralia, he has his heart set one rung down the rep­re­sen­ta­tive lad­der.

“Play­ing for your coun­try will be the high­est thing, but play­ing in State of Ori­gin with the at­mos­phere – I have dreamt about it since I was a kid,” Lind­say said.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Lind­say Smith has been se­lected in the Aus­tralian School­boys un­der-15 rugby league team.

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