Mitchell to represent Australia
WHEN Hervey Bay’s Mitchell Broom played touch for the Sunshine Coast last year, he said he was stoked to be playing alongside a couple of Australian representatives.
There will be those who feel the same about Broom now.
The 17-year-old Xavier College student has been selected in the Australian under-18 touch team.
The young Aussies will take on New Zealand in a three-Test Trans Tasman series in Canberra in January.
Broom, who started playing touch when he was six, earned his call-up after impressing national selectors over the past 12 months.
And what a year it has been for Broom.
He was a member of the Queensland Secondary Schools open boy’s team that won the Australian National Youth Championship in Kawana last month.
Broom and his teammates won the title in style, going through the tournament undefeated,
It wasn’t only a national medal Broom won – he was named the Player of the Championships.
Earlier in the year, Broom, who is also a Queensland soccer representative, picked up another player of a tournament award, after he starred for Wide Bay.
He was captain of the Wide Bay open boy’s team for the fourth consecutive year during the Queensland Championships in Mt Isa.
Wide Bay finished third but Broom had shone brightly in the eyes of those officials looking to find the stand-out player of the tournament.
Broom also impressed while playing for the Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett District open men’s team in the National Touch League at Kawana in March.
The talented young Broom was the youngest player in action for the Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett District – he was only 16 at the time.
The National Touch League is the pinnacle of the sport in Australia.
Not surprisingly, Broom said he was thrilled with his call-up.
“To get the chance to represent Australia in any sport is a dream come true for me,” Broom said.
“I just try and do my best in each game I play – I never thought something like this would happen.
“It will take a while to sink in for sure.”
Despite his green and gold call-up for touch, Broom said it wasn’t about to kick his soccer career into touch – so to speak.
“I’ll still play soccer because I love both codes,” he said.
“There will be a day when I have to make a choice, but not just yet.”