Jodeci kicks big goal
Aspiring Panthers rugby league youngster Jodeci Laumua, 15, is The Standard’s Junior Sports Star of the year.
THERE will be no battle of the codes for Jodeci Laumua, who has been named
The Standard’s Junior Sports Star of 2015.
The St Marys resident, 15, plays both rugby league and AFL, but league is his first love.
He was presented with the award last week.
“I was shocked and couldn’t believe it,” Jodeci said. “We had such an amazing time on the night and it was so great to meet other great young sportsmen and women.”
Mother Tagi Teao said she was very proud of her son’s achievements.
“We were totally surprised and so proud, we just went out for a good night and it was just the icing on the cake.” Ms Teao said.
Last year Jodeci was chosen to be a part of the Penrith Panthers Harold Matthews under-16 team, as well as winning an AFL premiership with the St Clair Crows and being named best and fairest player.
Jodeci also played rugby league for the Penrith Waratahs. He will dedicate 2016 to focusing on rugby league.
“I am still playing AFL but the main focus for me is rugby league,” he said.
“If I had a top goal or dream it would be to play NRL; of course I would want to play for the Panthers – I have followed them since I was little.”
Jodeci said training with the Harold Matthews squad had been rewarding.
“The coaching staff are great and they really take care of us, they are so professional and I am very thankful to have them,” he said. “The team have grown into a really good bunch … we have all formed a strong brotherhood.
“I am really looking forward to the season.”
Jodeci Laumua receives his award from NewsLocal general manager Michael Wilkins and (inset) Young Sporting Spirit winner Brock Eyre-Nixon.