Tackling the grades on and off the field with School Sport Australia Pacific School Games

Trinity Wikaira- Miller.        Picture: Martin  Kennealey        d446587
Trinity Wikaira- Miller.        Picture: Martin Kennealey        d446587

TOUCH footballer Trinity Wikaira-Miller (14) is in Adelaide this week representing WA in the School Sport Australia Pacific School Games.

The Clarkson Community High School student said he was excited about joining 10,000 athletes at the national competition from November 21-29.

Trinity plays middles and link positions, takes part in Saturday games with Brothers Touch Football and is a member of the ECU Touch Football Association.

The Alkimos resident trains about 10 hours a week, and spends about 12 hours a week travelling to training in Lakelands for the State U15s.

“I found my niche playing touch football in the middles position and I enjoy it there,” he said. “My coach has also shown me to focus on what’s best for the team rather than trying to be the best in the team.

“During the summer time I play touch football for local clubs, and then during the winter I play rugby league as well as participate in any sports that the school has, whether it is cross country or swimming.”

The Year 9 student said his school encouraged him to think outside the box, take chances and never be afraid of the unknown.

“Not only has my school supported me off-field but also on-field, having to leave early from school. I have been able to attend training which is an hour-and-a-half away,” he said.

“Keeping me up to scratch with school work, making sure I don’t miss out on good grades and, because I was having time off in November, we have been tackling some of that work before I went.

Trinity won the most valuable U15 player title in the WA Junior State Touch Football Championships and was in the U16 grand finals of the Joondalup Giants Rugby League this year. He said he hoped to play in the touch football World Cup one day.