FLYING HIGH: Polocrosse player William Taylor was  given a handy boost towards first overseas match for Australia against South Africa.
FLYING HIGH: Polocrosse player William Taylor was given a handy boost towards first overseas match for Australia against South Africa. Tom Gillespie

William’s polocrosse dream secured after $1000 donation

REPRESENTING Australia is a dream come true for Roma polocrosse player William Taylor, and now his flight on the plane to South Africa has been secured thanks to a generous donation.

William, 15, will fly overseas to play for his country in the Under-16s Polocrosse World Championships next month.

The Roma Rural Student Hostel has donated $1000 to the teenager’s support team to ensure he can afford to travel over and play.

William, who has spent most of his life in the saddle of a horse, stays three days a week at the RRSH to attend Roma State College since his parents’ property is situated 200km north of Roma.

While he has played for Australia four times already, this will be first time he heads overseas to play – a fact he’s excited about.

“I was pretty nervous when I found out I was going, but I’m excited,” he said.

Roma polocrosse player William Taylor's bid for glory in Australian colours has been given a boost thanks to Peter Flynn and the Roma Rural Student Hostel.
Roma polocrosse player William Taylor's bid for glory in Australian colours has been given a boost thanks to Peter Flynn and the Roma Rural Student Hostel. Tom Gillespie

RRSH Chairman Peter Flynn, who presented the cheque to William’s support team, said the committee were always keen to support young sports-people to achieve their dreams.

“We’re very proud of Will’s achievements and are happy to give his support team financial assistance,” he said.

William was selected for the Australian side based on his performance at the Under-16s National Championships in April, where his Queensland side just lost to NSW in the final.

When asked about why he thought he was picked for Australia, the 15-year-old listed his versatility as a possible factor.

“I play anywhere [on the field] - I can also ride so many different horses, which helps,” William said.

William thanked the hostel for their support, not just in this instance but also to ensure he could get an education and continue his passion with polocrosse.


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