Nash mixes with state’s top footballers

June 11, 2024
Nash Whiteley

Carinity Education Glendyne student Nash Whitely is taking his passion for his favourite sport to a new level.

He was recently in Cairns where he competed at the Queensland Under 16 Schools Championship for Australian Rules football.

Nash, who is in Year 9, represented Wide Bay at the tournament which doubled as selection trials for the Queensland Under 16 team.

Wide Bay won two games and lost two games in the competition, to place sixth out of 10 teams.  It is the highest position that Wide Bay has finished at the schoolboys carnival.

“I enjoyed playing with the better competition than in Hervey Bay. You also need to learn how to play at a faster pace. Playing at Cazalys Stadium, an actual AFL stadium, it was a experience of a lifetime,” Nash said.

Nash started playing Australian Rules football in Victoria when he was six years old. He is currently in his third season with the Hervey Bay Bombers club.

“I enjoy playing the sport because I have grown up watching and playing it. It is also a hard sport to learn to play and I love that I know how to play and enjoy the sport,” Nash said.

“It is a great way to keep fit while making new friends that you will have for life.

“I don’t just play the game, I also umpire the game. That plays a part in why I love the game so much.”

Nash follows the Richmond Tigers in the AFL with some of his favourite players being Dustin Martin, Shai Bolton, Liam Baker and Daniel Rioli.

His family also has links to the club with Nash’s grandfather’s cousin, David Honybun, having played for the Tigers in the 1980s.

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