Australian Union honours Carlin
FORMER Gympie student Carlin Anderson's reputation as an all-round sportsman continues to grow.
The now Ipswich Grammar School student has starred in the indigenous Queensland rugby side helping guide them to victory in the national indigenous under-18 rugby championship.
Anderson was one of five IGS students playing in the state side.
Anderson (centre), Willhelm Lauenstein (centre/wing), Shaquel Nixon (centre), Lloyd Simms (half-back) and Dylan Dodd (flanker) - all made major contributions to the Queensland side and helped them win all three games in emphatic fashion at Alice Springs.
The closest result was a 35-12 win over Combined States first up before wins over NT (34-7) and NSW (31-7).
Anderson and Dodd were subsequently picked in the Australian indigenous squad to contest the national schoolboys' championships at Sydney in July.
Anderson was originally picked as a Queensland reserve, but made the most of opportunities to make the national indigenous squad as a shadow player.
"He made a massive impact when he came on," Queensland Rugby Union development officer and team assistant coach Tyrell Barker said.
"Every time he carried the ball, he made metres."
For Dodd it was reward for strong form and inspiring leadership.
"He was our captain and he captained very well," Barker said. "The side only came together two days before the tournament.
"Dylan really stood up and pretty much led the whole way."
With four IGS boys combining in the backs, it was no surprise the Queenslanders had an edge over their opponents.
"When we took one off (and replaced him with another IGS player), nothing changed," Barker said.
"The combinations were there on and off the field."
Anderson's selection in the Australian side adds to his overflowing resume of sporting achievements.
Last year he was picked in the Australian under-17 boys' squad to play at the 2011 Softball Australia International Youth Cup in Sydney.
His skill with the bat has also seen him picked in the Queensland indigenous cricket side that played in the Imparja Cup earlier this year.
In 2011 he was a member of the under-15 Queensland cricket side.
He is an aggressive top-order bat who can hit a long ball, a handy off-spinner as well as an excellent fielder.