TWO Sunshine Coast Grammar students have made their parents proud and taken another step towards their dreams as professional sportsmen.
Finn Prass and Arion Marley have been selected among the top U12 and U14 boys in the state to participate in the Brisbane Lions AFL Academy next season, a program designed to nurture talented young players.
Finn said he was excited when he first heard he'd been selected, but knows he has hard work ahead.
"I'm also really looking forward to my squad starting, where I will learn to improve my game,” he said.
"I would love to be a professional sportsman and I understand there is a lot of hard work ahead of me if I am to make it.
"But for now, it is important to just enjoy learning and playing the game with my friends.”
The 11-year-old has just finished his second year with the game, while Arion has seen five years of playing AFL pay off to get him into the academy.
Both boys currently train three times per week, which focuses on strengthening and conditioning kids to enhance the development of elite AFL stars.
Head of primary sport at the boys' school, Maureen Cummings, said the selection was a "turning point” for the pair, who she described as "exceptional athletes”.
"This is a huge achievement for both boys who are excited about the opportunity and intend to make the most of it.”
The academy kicks off in March next year.
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