James handles sports juggling act with poise

James Carrigg has sporting talent in abundance, competing at state level in both |football and hockey. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d410620
James Carrigg has sporting talent in abundance, competing at state level in both |football and hockey. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d410620

The 12-year-old has played in the state schoolboys teams in both sports this year, prompting his dad to nominate him for an HBF Junior Sports Heroes Award.

Carrigg started playing football in pre-primary and hockey in Year 1.

The sports keep the Scotch College student busy on Saturday and Sunday mornings playing hockey for the Swanbourne Tigers and football for his school.

Last month, Carrigg travelled to Darwin to represent WA in the state schoolboys hockey team and went on to Canberra to play football in the state schoolboys team.

‘We had one free day in Darwin so I just had to miss that,’ the Claremont resident said.

WA finished fourth in the hockey and football and missed out on a bronze medal in the latter by just two points.

Carrigg said it was a good result for WA in Canberra considering the players in all other states except NSW were a year older.

‘Victoria had 1500 people try out for their team and we had 300,’ he said.