Fettel has month of his life
ALSTONVILLE teenager Mason Fettell has just had the month of his life – now he faces what could be the busiest year of his life.
The 17-year-old, who last week was named captain of Queensland Under-18 water polo team, has been drafted into the Queensland Breakers squad, the State’s National Water Polo League team.
Fettell has also been accepted to study for a double degree in law and arts at Griffith University.
Obviously, if one of his dreams fades he has plenty on the backburner.
Fettell cites the Olympic Games as his ultimate goal for himself in his sport but is far from blind to the long road ahead.
“There is still a fair way for me to go before I get to that level,” Fettell said.
“My goal is to play a few solid years in the national league and hopefully earn a QAS scholarship.”
Playing in the national league, the teenager will get the chance to cut his teeth among some of the best in Australian water polo.
“It is a very high level of competition, there are numerous Olympians and Australian representatives and a spattering of youngsters like myself who are learning from the best,” he said.
Fettell’s development is being laid on thick and fast starting this week with a move to Brisbane to train with the Queensland Under-18 squad.
The Under-18s will train for the national titles twice a day before the captain flies to Sydney tomorrow morning to take part in a three-day pre-season tournament with his Brisbane-based Breakers.
Fettell will then rejoin his Queensland squad for a day of training before they fly to Perth to compete for the Under-18 national championship, which runs for five days from Monday.
Hopefully victorious, the jet-setting teen will then return to Brisbane in search of a home ahead of the start of university in March.
But that planning will also be interrupted when the Breakers go on their first road trip which will take Fettell to Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Melbourne, returning him to Brisbane just in time to change out of his swimming togs and cap and put on his law hat for that first lecture.
“I realise it is going to be a busy time, but I’m pretty happy with it,” Fettell said.
Amazingly, Fettell’s Alstonville water polo club has also provided the captains of the Queensland Under-18 B teams with James Duffy to captain the men’s and Izzy Malcolm the women’s.
Alstonville water polo has aligned itself with Queensland to give its members the chance to compete at State level – the Sydney-based NSW organisation is just too far away.