CAED Luff is one footy-mad nine-year-old.
Watching his older brothers running around playing Auskick, it was not long before Caed begged his parents to let him do the same as soon as he turned six. Now a member of the Kardinya Kats’ Year 5 team, the Fremantle resident has made his mark among teammates, earning himself numerous awards and the captaincy in his short football career.
“I enjoy it because it is fun to run around with my mates and tackle other players,” he said.
“I want other players to think I am a good, fair player and have respect for the way I play and it is also important to be a good role model for other players in my team.
“I try to play like Michael Walters or Marcus Bontempelli because they are fast and read the ball play like I try to.
“I would love to play AFL one day, hopefully for the Freo Dockers because they are my favourite team.”
Caed’s mother Rochelle said the entire family were proud of his approach to sport.
“In all sports he plays he always tries hard to be a good sportsman and is usually very successful in what he sets his mind to accomplish,” she said.
“He is a fair, hard player on the ball, he never gets angry or loses his temper on the field and always encourages his team mates to play the best they can too.”
Caed’s coach Glenn Hankinson, who nominated for Community Newspaper Group’s Local Sports Stars award in the Young Sporting Spirit category, said that despite his young age he was a leading role model and exceptional young player.
“In today’s day and age Caed is simply a joy to watch, be it passing a hand to a fallen competitor or to go to the aid of a mate, he’s a deserving young man,” he said.
Name: Caed Luff
SPORT: Football (AFL)
CATEGORY: Young Sporting Spirit-Individual
To nominate, visit www.localsportsstars.com.au.