FIVE fights, five wins and a spot in the Greater Northern Tigers rugby league representative side.
That was the tale of Jake Hetherington’s 2013 year and he follows in the footsteps of Cameron Hammond to be awarded the Moree Champion’s Sportsperson of the Year.
“To win something that Cameron did a few years ago is something to be proud of,” Hetherington said.
As well as his 100 per cent success rate in the ring, Hetherington was the first Moree junior rugby league player to be selected for the Tigers under 16 side.
His father, Bill, said he was extremely proud of his son and what he had achieved so far.
“The commitment he’s shown to everything has been huge. He’s not out drinking or causing trouble of a weekend because he simply doesn’t have any spare time to do it,” Bill said.
Hetherington said juggling football, work and boxing commitments had proven difficult.
“All the coaching staff at the Boars as well as Danny (Cheetham) and my manager at Target have been really good to me, and I can’t thank them enough for making things as easy as possible. Last year I had boxing training Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and footy training was Tuesday and Thursday, and then I was working Saturdays.
“I don’t get much spare time.”
The talented youngster said while he enjoyed both boxing and rugby league he felt the team sport nature of rugby league was more beneficial.
“Boxing is all year round which is good for fitness, but it’s difficult to stay in a certain weight division when sometimes you need to bulk up for footy too.
“That’s nothing against boxing because we’re all really good mates and we all support each other.
Hetherington said it was encouraging fellow local players had trialled with National Rugby League clubs.
“I’d like to do the same and I wouldn’t mind who I was selected for, because it’s all experience.”
Jake Hetherington is the Moree Champion’s Sportsperson of the Year.
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