The Year 9 Lockridge Senior High School student has played for the Bayswater Lacrosse Club for three years and most recently won the U15s Boys’ Fairest and Best at the Lacrosse WA Junior Awards last week.
Jayden said he was honoured to have taken out the award and captaining his team to a successful tournament.
‘It’s a great honour to be able to captain such a great team and it was such a great feeling to win the award because there are so many great players in the competition – it’s been a real fist-pump moment,’ he said.
‘We also have so much support, including the coaching staff, managers and the parents, which is great.’
Jayden, who previously played soccer for the Beechboro Eagles Junior Soccer Club, said he loved the intensity of the sport and the skills attached to it and with the sport running through the family gene pool, it was hard for him not to take it up.
‘I like playing sport and keeping fit and my grandad, dad, aunts, uncles, brothers and cousins have all played for Bayswater,’ he said.
‘I also have two cousins on lacrosse scholarships in the United States.
‘I love the full body contact and although it can get pretty rough on the field , I love it.
‘It’s also great to be part of a team that needs to work together to beat an opponent with skill and strategy.’
Jayden said his future aspirations included playing for Australia in the world championships and joining his cousins in the US.
He also hoped anyone reading his story would be encouraged to visit their local lacrosse club on a Saturday or Sunday and watch something different.