Southern Cross Primary School students Jake Topper, 12 and Daykin Stanger, 12 are off to Adelaide.
Southern Cross Primary School students Jake Topper, 12 and Daykin Stanger, 12 are off to Adelaide. Samantha Elley

Sporting talent heads to Adelaide

TWO young lads from Southern Cross Primary School are about to make a mark at the upcoming Pacific School Games in Adelaide starting this weekend.

Daykin Stanger, 12 and Jake Topper 12, both in Year 6 will be heading over to represent their sports.

Daykin plays hockey and has done since he was only five years old.

"I play for Ballina Hockey Club and have been playing for seven years,” he said.

He is excited about heading down to Adelaide, as he's never been there before.

"The way it works is you go through three different stages, playing for the Far North Coast, North Coast and then New South Wales,” he said.

Daykin said he is looking forward to the opening ceremony of the games, which will see young people, not only from across Australia, but internationally, compete in their chosen sports.

For Jake, despite an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his knee that happened on a trampoline, he is a sprinter and will be competing in a number of events.

"I'll be running the 100m, then the NSW team for the 4x100m relay, the 8x100m relay and the 4x200m relay.

The boys are fast getting recognised for their sporting abilities as they attended the Far North Coast awards in Yamba on Monday night.

"(The awards) are for people doing extraordinarily well in their sport,” Daykin said.

We wish both boys all the best for the 10th Pacific School Games.


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