Big test awaits teenage talent

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Albany soccer talent Jared Wiegele will represent WA at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December.

The 15-year-old progressed through a series of trial matches, which whittled 300 players down to a squad of 16 that will make up the School Sports WA under-16 soccer team.

Since being selected for the squad, Wiegele has been making the journey to Perth once a week.

“I travel to Perth with my parents on a Wednesday to train from 4-6pm, then we travel back that night so I can get to school on Thursday morning,” he said.

“It’s hard work but I love the game and I enjoy it, so I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The Pacific School Games, now in its 10th year, is the flagship event for School Sport Australia, with more than 4000 students competing in 11 sports across seven days.

Wiegele said it was a good opportunity to develop his skill set.

“I can’t wait — it’ll be the first thing I’ve done like this for about five or six years, so it will be interesting to compare myself to the best players in Australia and overseas,” he said. “It will be a really good challenge. I’m hoping I can improve and make myself and everyone in Albany proud.”

Wiegele plays for Polonia in the Albany Junior Soccer Association and Great Southern Soccer Association.

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