BEGA’S Lachlan Lonesborough is a very talented football player.
Lachlan has been selected to represent Bega in the combined NSW/ACT Lloyd McDermott under 16s Indigenous rugby union development team after he impressed selectors at a trial match in Canberra a few weeks ago.
He was on his way to Sydney yesterday to meet the rest of his squad at the Aboriginal Centre for Excellence in Redfern.
There the outfit will train before heading to the Gold Coast to compete on Sunday and Monday at the Tallebudgera Outdoor Recreation Centre.
Development officer for the Brumbies Sam Rolfe contacted Bega High School to let Lachlan know that he’d been chosen to represent in the outfit.
Lachlan said he was very excited to be picked as part of the team and hoped he could advance to represent the Australian squad.
“They called the school, I was pretty excited about it when they told me,” Lachlan said.
“If you impress up there you can get selected for the Australian team and go to other countries to compete.
“I’m pretty keen,” he said.
Lachlan will come up against some stiff opposition as he and the team will face squads from Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia in the two-day knock out tournament.
He said training was coming along well and he has been preparing for the event since before he was even selected.
“Mainly just doing a lot of gym sessions and one-hour rides on the bike” he said.
“I’ve been doing it since I was selected and even before then, so hopefully it all pays off.”
Lachlan said the opportunity to meet other talented players and compete with teams from around the country had really inspired him to train hard.
“I’m just pretty keen to go up there and meet some new faces,” he said.
“It’s going to be a good experience for me, I’ve never experienced anything like this before,
Bega High School’s Aboriginal support officer Mark Rose said he hoped Lachlan would get to meet some inspirational people on the trip, including Arthur Little who is a part of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).
“He told Lachy to catch up with him up there and he might have the time to come in and have a chat to the squad,” Rose said.
“Arthur has played for Randwick and NSW so he could have a good talk with the team.
“They’ll hopefully meet Lloyd McDermott who was the first Indigenous man to play for the Wallabies,” he said.
Rose said it was a great opportunity for talented young players like Lachlan to be coached by top players and coaches from around Australia.
“Sam Rolfe will do the training and a couple of other guys from the Brumbies like Daniel Hooper,” he said.
Lachlan said he was really eager to get on the road, train hard and them impress selectors at the tournament.
“Hopefully I can go up there and impress them and make the Australian side,” he said.