Cal­lum chas­ing dream

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

JU­NIOR Shark Cal­lum Mather is edg­ing closer to his dream of play­ing rugby league for Queens­land.

The tal­ented 12-year-old from the Dain­tree will get his chance to im­press state se­lec­tors af­ter be­ing cho­sen to rep­re­sent the Far North at the Queens­land tri­als in Ip­swich next month.

He hopes to em­u­late his hero Billy Slater and pull on the ma­roon jumper.

“Billy Slater is the best full­back in the world and he is an amaz­ing player with heaps of skill,” Cal­lum said.

“When Billy was younger he didn’t get into rep­re­sen­ta­tive sides and so he left the game and went horse rac­ing.

“But now he’s back play­ing and he is the great­est.”

Cal­lum, who has been play­ing since 2008, cov­ers a num­ber of po­si­tions in­clud­ing hooker, five-eighth and half­back and is look­ing for­ward to mix­ing it with the best play­ers of his age.

“I just love the game and to be out on the field and play­ing with my mates and keep­ing fit is a re­ally good feel­ing, just like win­ning games,” Cal­lum said.

The Wonga Beach State School Year 6/7 stu­dent has a strict train­ing sched­ule where he trains for an hour on Tues­day and Thurs­day evenings, and then plays a game on Satur­day for an hour and on Sun­days he trains for three hours for the Penin­sula side.

“I would love to play rugby pro­fes­sion­ally if I can,” Cal­lum said.

“So I will be train­ing hard and keep­ing fit and do­ing ev­ery­thing else I can to one day play pro­fes­sion­ally, that would be so cool.”

Photo by MAR­TINE COT­TON

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive hon­our: Cal­lum Mather

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