Jack of all trades riding the bumps
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.
It’s all about the team for talented youngster Jack Cleaver.