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

HASSALL Grove’s Rhys McAdam gave up swim­ming and taekwondo to fo­cus on rugby league, and the de­ci­sion has paid off. Last week the 12-year-old rep­re­sented NSW at the na­tional PSSA ti­tles in Can­berra.

Rhys played with the Syd­ney West rep­re­sen­ta­tive side which was un­de­feated all year.

De­spite his ob­vi­ous tal­ent, mother El­iz­a­beth McAdam nom­i­nated Rhys for the Young Sport­ing Spirit award be­cause of his ded­i­ca­tion and strong lead­er­ship skills.

“Rhys is so sup­port­ive to all of his peers, he has great lead­er­ship skills and his teach­ers say he should be a mo­ti­va­tional speaker,” Mrs McAdam said.

“He’s the type of kid that con­vinces ev­ery­one to just try and have a go – I am very proud of him.”

Mrs McAdam said her son, above all, was ded­i­cated to the game.

“When Rhys first be­gan play­ing rugby league he would spend hours Googling NRL play­ers and study­ing their way of play. Af­ter ev­ery game he plays, he will ask how he played and would an­a­lyse his game.”

Train­ing up to five days a week, Rhys said he hoped to make it to the big leagues some day.

“I want to play for ei­ther the Pan­thers or the Bull­dogs – it will be hard work but I en­joy it,” he said.

Newslo­cal’s Young Sport­ing Spirit award is spon­sored by Sim­monds Homes.

Nom­i­na­tions at: ju­nior

Pic­ture: Phillip Rogers

Rhys McAdam has se­ri­ous ball skills.

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