Paul's driven to succeed

PAUL CARTER doesn't get behind the wheel but the Wollongbar teen has proved himself as one of the best emerging drivers in the country.

The 16-year-old Alstonville High School student is the youngest water polo player to win selection in the 2008 Australian Schoolboys team.

The driver/centre forward will join the 15-man squad, predominantly aged 18, for a two-day training camp in Sydney this week before flying out for a tour to Singapore and New Zealand.

“I was really happy to make the NSW all-schools team and then making the Australian side was huge,” he said.

A solid performance with the NSW team that dominated the national championships, winning the final 17-2, earned Carter a spot in the team.

Carter's selection follows in the swim strokes of his mother Karla, who also represented the country as a schoolgirl.

“Mum decided I'd play water polo,” Carter said.

“I needed a summer sport and mum played Australian Schoolgirls so she took us (Paul and brother Blake) to play in a carnival one day.

His father, Steve, also has national honours in rugby league when he played Australian Schoolboys then playing first grade for Penrith.

Paul is also a talented rugby league player and plans to pursue a career at top levels of the sport.

“It's a lot more physical than people think,” he said of water polo.

“A lot goes on under water, a lot of punching and grabbing and wrestling. It's part of the game.”

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