Tino Faasuamaleaui has made rugby league state selection.
Tino Faasuamaleaui has made rugby league state selection. Renee Pilcher

Footy runs in the family

WIDGEE boy Tino Faasuamaleaui will run, tackle and try in front of a national audience next week when he represents Queensland in the Australian primary schoolboys' championships week.

The Jones Hill State School student is training with the Queensland side this week in preparation for next week's national competition.

Faasuamaleaui has spent this week travelling between Mansfield, Karina and Run Away Bay for training with the Queensland side and will fly to Mackay on Saturday for the event after being officially presented with his Queensland jersey on Friday night.

As well as representing his state, the hard-hitting forward will also act as a shining star for his school.

Faasuamaleaui, who has a number of Wide Bay and state games already behind him at this early stage of a promising football career, has a footy-loving family that has been with him every step of the way.

Mother Dianne said she will be heading to Mackay for the Australian titles and has been delivering her son to this week's required training sessions in the lead up to the beginning of the championships on Sunday.

'"I'm very excited and very proud," she said.

She said Tino has the support of his proud family and local fans Jacqui and Lloyd Martin at Widgee Welding Works, who have supported Tino as he climbs the league ladder.

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