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WHEN NATHAN TINKLER took over
the Newcastle Knights ownership,
his promise to sign local juniors took
one boy's dream a step closer to being
achieved. St Joseph's Kilaben Bay Year
6 student Lachlan Bent says that when
he leaves school he wants to "play first
grade footy with the Knights".
Lachlan is no ordinary 12 year old. Sure,
he attends school and likes hanging out
with his mates, but his sporting prowess
sets him apart from most. He is blessed
with genes that add height and strength
to a solid frame but his uncanny ability
to read a game of rugby league and seize
opportunities is unique.
However, Lachlan's talents are not
restricted to playing rugby league. He
turned up at the Polding AFL trials and
immediately caught the eye of the state
selectors because he knew just where
to position himself to receive the ball.
Subsequently he was selected in the
Polding team, and a fine performance
at the State Championships won him a
place in the NSW All Schools team for
the National Championships, played last
month in Canberra.
Then the Polding Touch trials came
along. Lachlan travelled with the
team to Port Macquarie to compete
against other Polding dioceses.
His vision complemented by his
dynamic side step again drew praise
from selectors and he won a place
in the team that has just returned
from the NSW Primary Schools Sport
Association (PSSA) titles played
Sounds exhausting...but wait, there's
more! At the NSWPSSA Athletics trials
in Sydney last term, Lachlan won the
blue ribbon 100 metres/200 metres
double and the long jump. He will now
head to Darwin to represent NSW at
the National School Championships in
September in those three events as well
as the relays.
Surely he relaxed during the July schools
holidays to recharge and prepare for
the representative season ahead?
No! The first week was spent at a five
day camp at Narrabeen with the NSW
primary schools rugby league team.
Then he travelled to Barooga on the
NSW/Victorian border to attend an AFL
camp with the NSW school team for the
Behind Lachlan's success is the strong
support of his parents, Deborah and
Steve. They act as drivers and support
crew but more importantly, provide the
guidance to keep Lachlan level headed
and to ensure he has fun and acts like
any 12 year old. They are extremely
proud of his achievements but Steve
is quick to point out that although
Lachlan is a natural athlete, commitment
and dedication to training lie behind
Steve adds that Lachlan's attitude to food
and nutrition is something he supports.
Lachlan chooses fruit and vegetables
in favour of any takeaway. He shies
away from 'junk food' and he prefers
water before, during and after training or
playing a game.
As you read this story, Lachlan is in
Melbourne competing in the primary
schools Rugby League National
Championships. Let's hope Storm coach
Craig Bellamy isn't on hand with his
Here Aurora shares a few snippets
so when Lachlan pulls on the blue
and red of the Knights you will know
a little more about him.
Best TV show? "Family Guy"
Favourite NRL player? Kurt Gidley
(hang onto your jumper Kurt --
Lachlan's on the way)
Apart from RL, next preferred sport?
Most fun activity with your mates?
Playing X-box inside, kicking football
around the park (good balance
Best memory of St Joey's Kilaben
Bay? Year 5 Aussie Bush camp
What do you want to do when you
leave school? Play rugby league (no
Athlete By HELENE O'NEILL
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