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JU­NIOR Sports Star nom­i­nee bas­ket­baller Ruval Esta­cio re­ceived a spe­cial men­tion in State Par­lia­ment after he was se­lected for the NSW team for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla praised the “tal­ented young player” for his great achieve­ment.

“I con­grat­u­late 14-year-old Ruval James Esta­cio from Glendenning, who has been se­lected to rep­re­sent NSW in the un­der-16 na­tional cham­pi­onships in bas­ket­ball,” Mr Atalla said.

The 15-year-old who plays point guard for the Pen­rith Pan­thers un­der-16 side said he was sur­prised Mr Atalla had heard about him. “I didn’t know,” Ruval said. “I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about the game. I train three days a week. If I get an op­por­tu­nity to play bas­ket­ball pro­fes­sion­ally I will but I’m still de­cid­ing what I want to do.”

Ruval’s fa­ther Jesse said he was “very, very proud” of his son.

“We were grate­ful to have him se­lected for NSW,” Mr Esta­cio said. “He’s get­ting bet­ter every year.” To nom­i­nate some­one for a Rebel Ju­nior Sports Star award, visit ju­nior­sportsstar.com.au.

Ruval Esta­cio’s tal­ent on the bas­ket­ball court has been high­lighted in State Par­lia­ment. Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

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