The teen who saves goals and takes scalps in two sports
HE IS the junior sportsman making major strides in two very different sports.
Isaac Kelsey is the last person early teens want to see in goal or at the other end of a pitch.
The young gun, who turns 14 tomorrow, is saving goals and taking major scalps in his rise to the top.
Kelsey has earned his way into two important state teams, and was named age athletics champion for Xavier Catholic College.
On the football field, Kelsey is an irresistible presence in goal.
The tall teen's reach makes it near-impossible to find an open target when at full stretch, and is one of several reasons as to why Wide Bay's under-14s were crowned Queensland Country champions.
Kelsey, along with fellow Fraser Coast footballers Bailey Paxton and Brandon Catarro, were the only three local players selected in the Qld Country team. They will compete at the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys from September 25.
It was a genuine surprise for Kelsey, who said he had previously been overlooked for rep teams.
"I wasn't expecting it,” Kelsey said.
"It's just that I hadn't been picked for most of the sides around here, but to go away and get picked in that team was a big accomplishment, a big surprise.”
Kelsey, like many other junior footballers, started his career as an outfield player. He was given an opportunity at goalkeeper, where he has developed to be one of the region's promising custodians in the three years since.
While he has to wait another month for his shot at national level on the football field, he has continued to develop into one of the region's most promising cricketers.
The self-described bowling all-rounder, who plays for Bushrangers in the Fraser Coast Cricket competition, is part of Queensland Cricket's 2017-18 Pathway Academy.
The rangy right arm pace bowler has the target of bowling at 120kmh this year, and wants to earn his place in a state team.
"I've bowled 117kmh at the Sunshine Coast,” the Year 8 student said.
"From what my coaches have told me, (the secret to bowling faster is) my core strength and my technique, how I bowl the ball.
"I like bowling bouncers.”
Kelsey spends most of his spare time training in either discipline, or coaching younger, budding athletes.
He said that while coaching juniors had its challenges, it proved beneficial to his understanding of the games in which he plays.