Callum chasing dream
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.”
Representative honour: Callum Mather