BENNETT Springs athlete Mitchell Cavanagh (18) has been picked to compete on the world stage in gridiron.
Cavanagh, who went to John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School in Mirrabooka, will be one of the Australian Junior Outback Team members for the Junior World Championship to be held in China in July.
Spending most of his time on an athletic field, he also played for the Noranda Hawks Colts for nine years.
He said the transition from AFL to gridiron was not a smooth one.
“It is a different sport,” he said.
“I had to adapt and it was difficult at first.”
With the July competition getting closer, Cavanagh said he intensified his training.
“I will train with the team one night a week but by myself four times a week to try and better myself,” he said.
Cavanagh who began his electrician’s apprenticeship this month, was captain of the WestSide Steelers.
When he isn’t playing competitive sport, he is usually out fishing or driving his 4WD in Lancelin.
A fundraiser is being held on June 3 to get the team to China.
The event will be held at Hakea Prison officers social club, Nicholson Road Canning Vale from 7pm to midnight with the quiz from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
Tickets are $10 each for tables of six.
For more information or book, text or call 0478 595 771.