Fu­ture burns bright for AFL team cap­tain

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian McKee

OAKHURST res­i­dent Jay­den Rap­ley lives and breathes Aus­tralian rules.

The 11-year-old found his pas­sion for the sport in school, cap­tain­ing both the Hebersham Pub­lic School’s ju­nior and se­nior teams.

Jay­den’s tal­ents were quickly no­ticed and he was given a schol­ar­ship to play for the St Clair Crows – com­ing away as un­de­feated pre­miers.

Dur­ing a PSSA game at school, Jay­den was no­ticed by an AFL scout An­drew Low­ing who said: “Jay­den could be one of the best back pock­ets for his age that I have ever seen.”

He dreams of one day play­ing in the AFL pro­fes­sion­ally and his team man­ager Laure Gatt be­lieves he could.

“Jay­den is a nat­u­ral leader and ath­lete who is ma­ture be­yond his years and will have big fu­ture in AFL,” he said.

“The main things Jay­den did this year – apart from play great was to lead by ex­am­ple and pro­vide a role model,” Mrs Gatt said.

Newslo­cal’s Ju­nior Sports Star awards are spon­sored by Rebel, and 7 News is the of­fi­cial me­dia part­ner and nom­i­na­tions for 2015 have now closed.

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