Matthew Pearce is having an outstanding year in sport, having recently been selected to represent Wide Bay in rugby league and cross country.
Matthew Pearce is having an outstanding year in sport, having recently been selected to represent Wide Bay in rugby league and cross country. Renee Pilcher

Youngster selected in rep teams

IT'S been a big few months for 10-year-old Matthew Pearce.

The St Patrick's student represented Gympie Little Athletics at the Queensland State Championships in March and was recently selected in the primary schools' Wide Bay under-11 rugby league team and the Wide Bay cross country team.

Matt gained selection in the Gympie zone schoolboys U11 rugby league team in May.

The Gympie boys played in the Wide Bay zone selection trials in Hervey Bay on May 19-20, performing well against teams from Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, North Burnett and South Burnett.

Matt was one of three Gympie boys to be selected to play in the final Probables v Possibles game and was the only Gympie player to be selected in the U11 Wide Bay primary school rugby league team to play at the Vic Jensen Cup at Virgin Australia Stadium in Mackay on the school holidays.

In Mackay, the Wide Bay team will compete against seven other zone teams from across Queensland. Matt is the youngest member of the team and will still only be eligible for selection in the U11 team next year.

Three weeks ago, the Wide Bay boys endured an intense weekend of training in Gympie and Matt has just returned from another weekend of training in Bundaberg. He was thrilled to score a try in the team's first real hit-out in Bundaberg on the weekend against an U12 Bundaberg representative team where the U11 boys prevailed 34-16.

Matt has been playing rugby league in Gympie since he was five years old.

He has been selected to play on the right wing for Wide Bay for his speed.

He has also been selected to represent Wide Bay at the cross country state championships in Cairns on July 15-16.

Matt currently trains every afternoon of the week.He was thankful to all the people who had helped him along the way including coaches and his parents.

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