Teen’s hard work reaps big rewards
QUIET ACHIEVER RECOGNISED
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.
Lindsay Smith has been selected in the Australian Schoolboys under-15 rugby league team.