Jack of all trades rid­ing the bumps

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOOKLOCAL -

AQUINAS stu­dent Jack Cleaver (12) has bro­ken three col­lar­bones in three years. His left, his right, and then his left again.

His mother Re­becca said she hoped the pat­tern would not con­tinue in 2016, as the high-achiev­ing stu­dent pre­pares to rep­re­sent WA in the State un­der-13s Aussie Rules com­pe­ti­tion on the Sun­shine Coast next month.

Bro­ken bones are the col­lat­eral da­m­age for Jack, who plays a host of con­tact sports and thrives in the scrum. “I love to tackle,” he said. Jack’s pend­ing com­pe­ti­tion over east is the lat­est in sport­ing ac­com­plish­ments for the Ross­moyne res­i­dent, who holds school records in shot put and triple jump.

His tro­phy cab­i­net in­cludes medals from the South­ern Districts Lit­tle Ath­letic Club for the 70m record and he is the Wil­let­ton Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s All-Star in his age group.

It doesn’t stop there; he plays both rugby codes and has com­peted in State cross­coun­try.

Jack at­trib­uted his suc­cess to play­ing with a team.

“I think sport is fun be­cause I get to play with my friends; I like play­ing with a team,” he said.

He said his sport­ing hero, Ea­gles player Matthew Prid­dis, was down-to-earth and that was the kind of sports­man he wanted to be.

“He’s hum­ble, and that’s good… if I played AFL pro­fes­sion­ally I’d want to be an Ea­gle,” he said.

Mrs Cleaver said his fam­ily was com­mit­ted to mak­ing sport fun and at­trib­uted her son’s suc­cess to the no­pres­sure en­vi­ron­ment the fam­ily built around sport.

“Jack rarely loses a game, but if he did, it doesn’t mat­ter… it’s about be­ing in a team and he is a great ath­lete, but he’s just a 12-yearold kid,” she said.

“Be­cause there is no pres­sure in the fam­ily, it helps him achieve.”

Jack will head to the Sun­shine Coast on July 22.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d454935

It’s all about the team for tal­ented young­ster Jack Cleaver.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.