Fred?s fast-track to AFL fame
By RICHARD FORBES Star correspondent
KYOGLE'S Fred Sleeth has made a little history for himself by becoming the first student from Kyogle to make the State All Schools Australian Football team.
At just 15 year of age, Fred is proficient in many sports, but his heart is with AFL.
"I used to play in the backyard and always had the dream to play at a serious level. I've been playing for the past four years in both centre-half and ruck positions," he said.
"Currently, I play with the Coolangatta Blues, but I also made the Gold Coast Stingrays Under-16 side. My dream is to eventually play for the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
"In about three weeks time, I'm going to play in Canberra, where the selectors will name the captain for the NSW side. I really want that position and I'll fight hard to get it.
"Then I'm home for a couple of weeks before returning to Canberra for the Australian Championships from the 23rd to the 31st."
The Year 10 student has held talks with scouts from both Essendon and Sydney, saying that he would like to make AFL his profession.
AFL coordinator, Felicity Wooltorton said that Fred has a very busy sports schedule.
"Fred's workload has picked up since becoming the first student north of Coffs Harbour to be selected into the All Schools AFL side," she said.
"He shows leadership, leading by example and encouraging others boys to take up the sport."
His workload includes Basketball, where he made the State Trials, receiving an offer to play in the US and travel with the Australian team.
In Rugby League, he recently made the State Trials while playing in the Presidents 13.
And, for the past five consecutive years, Fred has made the State shot put team.
Fred said that he wants to go on to complete his HSC in 2007, and maybe go to university to study a sport-related subject before moving on with his AFL objectives.