Leeton King
Leeton King

They're all going for gold



NORTHERN UNITED's Leeton King was hitting a different kind of pads yesterday as his team warmed up for the Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout in Lismore. While the women's and junior competitions kicked off, the 17-year-old was one 400 athletes given a chance to try out for a shot at Olympic gold. The Australian Sports Commission's Simone Lewis said her team was holding a series of tests on those interested to identify future athletics and boxing champions. ""We're not necessarily looking for who has the talent now," she said. ""We're looking for those who, with the right training, can be future champions. ""We're looking for boxing and athletics gold medallists at the London 2012 Olympic Games."" ASC boxing coach Shane Martin said there was enormous potential in the Northern Rivers indigenous communities. ""There is phenomenal talent that hasn't really been tapped yet," he said. The ASC will be looking for more future champions today from 10am to 4pm at Oakes Oval.

There will also be plenty of talented rugby league players on show today as the men start their games, aiming for the final on Monday.

Stars expected to be attending the carnival in Lismore include former and present NRL players Wes Patton, Roy Bell and Preston Campbell. The Northern United rugby league club is hoping the carnival will be a catalyst for entry into the local Retravision Northern League next year.



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