A Kununurra District High School student is on the path to AFL stardom after being recruited to a national football development and leadership program.
Conrad Williams, 14, will head to Melbourne next week for the Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs under-16s camp with 50 of the best rising indigenous talents in the nation. Alumni include Port Adelaide Football Club pair Brendon Ah Chee and Sam Powell-Pepper.
Conrad, pictured, is one of the youngest players in the EKFL, playing with the Waringarri Crows.
Earlier this year he was part of the Kimberley Spirit under-19 squad and was named best on ground in the side’s encounter with the West Kimberley Football League all-star team.
Conrad said he had big ambitions to play the sport professionally and had learnt the ropes from family members.
“It’s my dream, playing AFL,” he said.
“I grew up playing with my older brothers, they are really talented.”
Conrad was born in Broome and grew up in Halls Creek before moving to Kununurra for high school, with two of his brothers who now play in the North Eastern Australian Football League for NT Thunder.
Kununurra Clontarf Academy director James Castles said scouts from the Fremantle Dockers’ Next Generation program put Conrad forward for the camp.
“It was a surprise but not a shock (that he was selected). It came out of nowhere but he certainly deserves the opportunity,” he said. “He’s an exceptional young person aside from being a great footballer.
“As he gets older he is starting to play like some of his older cousins … Halls Creek has produced some great football talent.”
The Flying Boomerang participants will train in an elite environment to assist their transition into the mainstream talent pathway while strengthening their cultural identity, with the chance to be one of 25 selected to represent Australia at an international competition.