Young gun aiming for stars

Michael Beatty has been named the City of Stirling Star of the Year. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d402412
Michael Beatty has been named the City of Stirling Star of the Year. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d402412

The powerfully-built back-row player was crowned the winner of Stirling’s highest sport award last Wednesday before celebrating his 18th birthday on Friday.

Over the past year, the Churchlands Senior High School product, who lives in Innaloo, has taken his rugby to the next level despite a training load that would make most players wince.

He transferred from the Cottesloe Rugby Club to UWA and was selected for the Rugby WA Junior Development Program, which is aimed at higher level players with the potential to go further in a rugby career.

Mr Beatty said that ultimately his goal was to play for the Western Force, and, potentially, the Wallabies.

‘I know I’ve got a long way to go before I reach those goals, so my aim this year is to play consistent rugby in the under-18s before I move to the under-20s,’ he said.

‘Once I get to the under-20s, the aim there is to make a couple of appearances in the seniors and eventually if I work hard enough, I can make it to the Western Force.

‘The dream is to play for the Wallabies, but you have to set achievable goals to get there.’

He also gives back to his clubs, showing up at Bennett Park regularly to coach youngsters on the finer points of touch rugby, which he has played since the age of eight.

‘I get a lot of enjoyment out of that coaching, I can see these kids develop, and if I didn’t have good coaches at that age, people who were willing to put that time in, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now.’

The Stirling Star Awards are part of the City’s Clubs Forever Program, designed to help clubs and community organisations to achieve efficient self-management.