Greg eyes footy big league

Sacred Heart College principal Peter Bothe with Greg Clark.
Sacred Heart College principal Peter Bothe with Greg Clark.

The 16-year-old Sacred Heart College student recently completed his mid-year exams while also representing WA in the under-18 AFL championship team.

Joining the squad at the end of last year, Greg was one of the youngest players in the State team.

‘I was pretty excited because considering I was playing underage,’ he said.

‘It was nerve-racking coming up against older boys but it was also a very good experience for me because I’m getting exposure not many people my age get.’

The Sorrento student and Subiaco WAFL player enjoys surfing in his free time but said exams and training had been his priority recently.

‘It’s been hard at times because you have to go straight from school to training and then straight to study so there’s not a lot of time to relax,’ he said.

‘I’ve had exams while the championships have been on so it’s been pretty full-on but I’ve just had to learn how to manage it all.’

Greg said his friends, teachers and family had been his support line.

‘They (parents) do all the work coming to watch my games, driving me to training, must be hard for them to come to training and miss out on coming home and relaxing after work but they do it all for me.’

Sacred Heart College principal Peter Bothe said Greg was a great leader and role model whose ‘results were a credit to the hard work he personally puts into everything he does’.

Greg aims to compete again in the under-18 championship team next year before hopefully being drafted into the AFL.