Carlin Anderson hits a home run at the state titles for Bundaberg. The Gympie product has been selected in the Queensland team for his efforts.
Carlin Anderson hits a home run at the state titles for Bundaberg. The Gympie product has been selected in the Queensland team for his efforts.

Carlin is a state hit

ALL round sportsperson Carlin Anderson has just been selected in the Queensland softball side, but that is just a glimpse of his sporting talent.

The 14-year-old James Nash Student has just returned from the Queensland Athletics carnival where he placed eighth in the shotput, been selected in the Wide Bay Cricket side and is in an Australian futsal side that will travel to San Jose in the United States of America next month.

But capping all of his achievements is winning a sporting scholarship to Ipswich Grammar private school next year.

Anderson is excited about his chance to go to boarding school, but says he may have to have a less flamboyant haircut.

Anderson has been known to have a bit of colour and a few tracks cut into his hair - something that isn't acceptable at Ipswich Grammar.

“I have to have short back and sides, nothing over the collar or past the centre of the ear,” Anderson said.

“It's a great opportunity, it should be heaps good,” he said.

It was Anderson's cricket skills that got him the scholarship and he say it is his favourite sport.

He is the Wide Bay wicket keeper and bats at number four.

His batting prowess in cricket made his crossover into softball easy.

The third baseman plays for Bundaberg in the state competition because there is no Gympie team.

Anderson impressed state selectors at the recent state carnival in Caboolture by hitting five home runs, fielding solidly and winning the best player of his team award.

He has made the state team before, but was still unsure if he had done enough to make the side again.

“I was pretty nervous; I wasn't sure if I would make the side,” Anderson said.

Anderson is currently training in Brisbane every Wednesday and Sunday and pays tribute to his parents for their help.

November will see Anderson travel to America with fellow Gympie futsal player Mitchell Chivers with the Australian team.

It will be his first overseas trip. He says he can't wait to get over there and look around.

Gympie Times


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