YEAR 10 Newcastle Grammar School student Chris Boyle has been chosen in the Australian Schoolboys team that will participate in international matches later this year.
Boyle, who plays for the Wests club in the Newcastle competition, was selected after some outstanding performances for NSW in the recent Schools Sports Australia’s National Championship in Hobart.
NSW won both the boys and girls titles, with Boyle notching a vital goal for NSW in its 4-1 win over Western Australia in the final.
Boyle was ecstatic when his name was announced following the finals presentation.
“I thought I may have a chance but you never know when so many good players are present and from every state in Australia,” he said.
“I wear the green colours for my club here in Newcastle but to add gold to it and wear the colours of my country will certainly be something special and I can’t wait until we actually play,” he said.
Boyle said he owed his selection to a lot of people in Newcastle who have helped him to his current form.
“My parents, my local team mates and of course all the various club and Newcastle representative coaches I have had since I began playing have all played a part in helping gain selection,” he said.
Meanwhile, Newcastle Souths teenage star Mariah Williams has received a $5000 grant from the NSW Carbine Club to help further her career.
NSW Institute of Sport chief executive officer Charles Turner, who is also the secretary of the state’s Carbine Club, said Williams was identified as a possible future international.
It was the objective of the club to support players of exceptional talent.
“The grant to Mariah is to help her with expenses that may arrive through training and playing while at the same time it is aimed at helping her life in general,” he said.
Williams has recently returned from a week’s training at the Australian Institute of Sport in Perth where she finished as top goal scorer in matches played.
She will again travel to Perth on her NSW Institute of Sport scholarship in October.
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