Caleb's got sporting world at his feet and mum on the run

By BOB ANTHONY

SUE Ziebell knows the challenges sporting mums deal with when their kids are selected for representative rugby league, rugby %union, Australian Rules or cricket.

The difference for Sue is that her son Caleb has been selected in all of these sports. The latest representative %honour for Caleb is playing in the North Coast Primary School rugby union side at the regional championships in Armidale on August 14 to 16. Not bad, especially when you consider Kingscliff Public School doesn't have a dedicated rugby union program. According to proud mum Sue, Caleb had just been watching some rugby union games and decided to give the trials a go. "It's what he does," Sue said. "He is very good at observing what goes on and then applying what he sees to the sports field. "It's not so much what he does, but just that he knows what needs to be done and how to do it properly which sets him apart." But it's not only on the sporting fields that the Year 6 student has done well. "He's also good in the classroom," Sue said, "which is surprising considering the amount of time he spends with his sporting pursuits."

Like most youngsters, Caleb isn't too keen on talking about his sporting talents, he'd rather just "go out and have some fun". And with an older brother Jakob and younger brother Connor also both sports-minded, there's little time for mum and dad to relax.



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