A DREAM to one day play for the Brisbane Lions is keeping Tin Can Bay athlete Jack Clouston focused.
Clouston, 14, took a huge step towards fulfilling his ambition recently by gaining selection in a Sunshine Coast junior development squad.
The squad has been in the making for the last few months, with players dropped periodically over time to eventually whittle the numbers down to a talented few.
The latest cull was Wednesday night and the Tin Can Bay star was relieved to receive the green light by selectors.
“I thought at the beginning I would have a chance of making it this far but it has been a big surprise,” he said.
“It’s great to be playing well and to get recognition for all the hard work I’ve been putting in.”
Training with the development squad occurs twice a week and living at Tin Can Bay, travelling an hour and a half is a big commitment to be making.
The distance is compounded by other demands in Clouston’s life, including a growing workload at high school.
“It can get busy but so far I have been handling it pretty well,” he said.
At the end of the training period, remaining players in the squad will take part in a carnival at Maroochydore.
Clouston said he was looking forward to the carnival and clocking up some more hours on the field.
“It’s good to be doing all the training but getting out there and playing is what I want to be doing,” he said.
Training with the squad is one thing, but Clouston has taken to improving his fitness and strength at home as well – all with the purpose of gaining an edge over his competitors.
Lifting weights and pounding the pavement are just two ways Clouston keeps his body performing at its best.
The Tin Can Bay player won’t be daunted as the development squad is continued to be put through its paces, having represented Sunshine Coast Power Country only a month a go.