Teen powering to US dream

Levi Duyckers, centre, with fellow players Byron Armstrong (12) and Lincoln Kempton (13) are heading to the Cal Ripken World Series in the US. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d403334
Levi Duyckers, centre, with fellow players Byron Armstrong (12) and Lincoln Kempton (13) are heading to the Cal Ripken World Series in the US. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d403334

The budding athlete (12), who trains four times a week, said it felt ‘awesome’ to be one of four WA players chosen to compete at the Cal Ripken World Series (CRWS) in Maryland.

Levi will travel with fellow Perth players Byron Armstrong (Wanneroo Baseball Club) and Lincoln Kempton (Carine Baseball Club).

The Servite College Year 7 student’s selection brings him a step closer to his goal of one day being signed in the US.

‘I want to go to college there and play majors,’ he said.

Proud mum Bek Duyckers said training with Wembley Magpies head coach Ryan Schurman had helped pushed Levi into the top two per cent in WA.

She said her son had come a long way from when he started at the club three years ago.

‘Levi is quite a big kid for his age ” he’s probably almost 5’8′ now and about 70kg ” so he’s not small. That’s why he’s such a good power-hitter,’ she said.

‘Because of his size and being quite a bit stronger than the other kids, they actually got him playing up in the little league games.

‘And he was quite scared of it at first’