Lindsay Smith has added the under-18s Australian Schoolboys selection to his growing list of rugby league accomplishments.
Selected at lock for the Australian team to tour New Zealand in September, the 17-year-old is excited for the experience.
“It’s a proud achievement because a lot of hard work goes into my footy and making these sides,” he said. “It’s a special honour and something that I’ll cherish.
“The pinnacle of the sport is Origin and getting to experience that in the younger levels is a great thing but I think pulling on that green-and-gold jersey will be something special.”
The Luddenham resident has long been a player to watch.
A St Marys Rugby League Club junior for the past 13 years, he has made junior NSW teams in both under-16s and under-18s, was selected for the under-15s Australian Schoolboys merit team and has long been part of the Penrith Panthers.
A member of the club’s SG Ball team this season, Lindsay has been part of the Panthers’ plans since under-12s and hopes to continue through the grades.
“The Panthers have done anything and everything for me so it’s been a good experience at a good club,” he said.
Lindsay has also made a great impression with Westfield Sports High.
Despite being 16 last year, he forced his way into the Westfield starting line-up and was part of the side that won the school’s first GIO Schoolboys Cup national championship.
To earn his selection in the Australian Schoolboys team, Lindsay played in the national schoolboys competition with the NSW Combined High Schools team.
The CHS side won 41-10 over the NSW Combine Catholic Colleges team in the final, and features 11 players in the Australian side.
Lindsay said playing with those players would set the side in good stead in New Zealand.
“It will be tough and demanding but it’s a great experience for an individual,” he said.