FROM “kicking a footy with mates” to making Kingscliff High School record books in just two years, Pottsville's Nathan Sharp is kicking goals everywhere.
A standout for the Gold Coast Stingrays at the State Championships in April, the 15-year-old was selected in the Queensland under -16 squad to compete at the national titles in Blacktown next month.
In becoming the first rookie to make a state side, the talented centre half-back became the most successful AFL star in KHS history.
Prior to AFL, Nathan played rugby and soccer at club level, but surf lifesaving was always his main sport.
Has represented NSW Country at the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series in surf life saving, and had many noted successes along the way.
However he'd always enjoyed a social punt with friends.
“I was ready for a change,” he said. “I enjoy AFL because of its professionalism.
“I like playing because of the fast pace, and it requires you to be quick and agile around the ground and have a heap of ball skill.”
He first started playing for his school in 2007, and was selected to represent Northern NSW at the NSW State Schoolboys under-15 carnival in Sydney in early 2008.
By mid-2008, the Year 10 student was identified by Brent Kelly, the Border development officer of AFLQ for Gold Coast and Northern Rivers, as a potentially brilliant player, and Nathan was invited to an elite athletes talent program in Bangalow.
This year he was nominated by his school to be become involved in AFLQ's Rookie Search for talented athletes.
Nathan joined the Tweed Coolangatta Blues this year, and in his first year with the junior club was selected as part of the Gold Coast Stingrays under-16s squad.
The rest, as they say, is history.