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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9 2008
56 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 10, 2008 Inner-West Weekly Sport Ben aces top sports JESSICA CAMPION Ben Lalic, 15, a keen tennis and volleyball player, is this week's Junior Sports Star nominee. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY PP163541 JUNIOR SPORTS STAR ONE day in the future Ben Lalic, 14, might have to choose what type of grand slam champ he wants to be -- but for now he's happy to share his talent. The Strathfield teen and St Aloysius' College Year 9 student has been playing tennis since he was five. His talent took him to New Zealand where he was under-10s national tennis champ. More re- cently, Ben was under-14s and under-16s champ at this year's Haberfield Tennis Champion- ships. He is also in the state metropolitan squad which trains three afternoons a week. But, perhaps unfortunately for the tennis world, Ben began play- ing volleyball when he was 12. Two years on he's shown he can juggle as well, excelling in both sports. Ben's in the state under-17s volleyball team and trains for five hours every Saturday. This Saturday, though, he will be in Melbourne competing at the National Volleyball Tournament. And, like a true sports star, as soon as the plane touches down in Sydney he'll soon be off again, this time to Adelaide to compete, for the second time, in the under-16s Combined Independent Schools competition. While Ben is handling his two sports like a pro, some are ques- tioning the match. ''My tennis coach thinks I've got what it takes to go further,'' Ben said. ''But (he) says one day I'll have to choose between the (sports), but I don't know yet. I probably like volleyball more be- cause I find it more fun (being) in a team.'' Ben has also been training with the Sydney University honours volleyball squad for more than a year and plays in the university's division one men's side on Sundays. He says being invited to join the squad is his greatest achievement, so far, in the sport. ''The honours team are number four in Australia and I'm the youngest team member,'' Ben said. Ben has been nominated for the Inner-West Weekly Junior Sports Star award. He's in the running to win a medal and $1000. SeePage54orgoto innerwestweekly.com.au to nominate a junior sports star. BEFORE AFTER trans-form your floors with guaranteed savings FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY 2112580i iww wk42 trans-floormation Solid Timber Flooring + Block/Mosaic Parquetry + Sanding/Polishing + Floating Floors + Cork Floating + Vinyl + Rugs FLOORS WITH LIFE www.floormania.com.au 9744 5611 Shop 3, 29-45 Parramatta Rd Concord 2137 • Open 6 days Shop 2, 76 Anzac Parade Kensington 2033 9663 5600 Receive a FREE take-up and disposal of your old looking carpet, with any new timber floor and installation purchase
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