From bat to golden boot

HE'S an ace of two disciplines, thriving in the diamond and on the footy field.

From the bat to the Steeden, Michael Robar has exceeded in both softball and rugby league over the past year, stringing together an impressive resume that's led to him being named the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation Junior Sportstar of the Month for August.

Robar, 16, enjoyed a meteoric rise from the turf of the Henry Lawson Hornets Softball Club to international bases recently, earning selection on the NSW under-17s side and the Australian under-17s squad.

"It was a shock but an honour and a good experience," Robar said of his green and gold call-up.

"We played the New Zealand International Challenge and it was good playing against the higher calibre of players."

Robar's selection came after a stellar performance with NSW at the National Championships in Victoria in January.

Playing as first and third base, Robar helped his team finish victoriously with the prestigious Arthur Allsopp Shield.

"It was one of the best feelings because that's probably the first major tournament that I've played in that I've actually won," the long-time Penrith City Softball Association representative said.

Within the trylines and sidelines of rugby league, Robar has progressed from the Sydney City Roosters Development program to representing the Western Sydney Academy of Sport in the Harold Matthews Cup this year.

Michael has won $400, courtesy of St Marys Leagues Club. Nominations: pvsf.org.au.

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