Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sky's the Limit for Dylan

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sky's the Limit for Dylan

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Byline: Layla Kirchhoff

LIFE is sweet for Dylan Valentine, a talented sportsman proudly flying the Aboriginal flag.

The 16-year-old's achievements include best-player awards at the Landsborough Junior Cricket Club champion for two years running, a Sunshine Coast Rugby League Player of the Year award for the under-15 division, and Beerwah State High School's Indigenous Sportsperson of the Year award for the past two years.

The sporting natural is attracting attention from regional talent scouts because he seems to have that special something.

In winter, Dylan plays for the Beerwah Bulldogs, but with summer approaching, his mind turns to cricket and athletics training twice a week.

He says his focus and determination are all thanks to his best mate, his father Richard.

aDad used to take me along to watch him play local cricket, and ever since then I have never turned my back on sport, I'm so thankful for that,a Dylan said.

Dylan is a member of the Queensland Cricket Eddie Gilbert Squad and hopes to inspire other indigenous teenagers to realise the sky is the limit. …

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