Christchurch 15 yr old league player begins his dream of a NRL career in Australia…

BIG DREAMS: Seth Keepa-Tauamiti with his mum Angeleen Keepa and little brother Noah.

BIG DREAMS: Seth Keepa-Tauamiti with his mum Angeleen Keepa and little brother Noah.
DAVID WALKER / Fairfax NZ

Raised by a single mother in a rundown state house, Seth Keepa-Tauamiti’s dream of changing his family fortunes has arrived sooner than he hoped.

The 15-year-old rugby league player is the eldest of four children living with their mother in a quake-damaged two-bedroom Mairehau home.

Money is tight, but his family are determined to help Seth chase his National Rugby League (NRL) dream.

The whopping 104kg and 186-centimetre tall teenager has been offered a playing contract by the Wests Tigers club in Australia and a scholarship to the Gold Coast’s Keebra Park State High School – the former stomping ground of rugby league star Benji Marshall.

The three-year scholarship covers study fees, but additional costs, including $235 per week for a homestay, is out of the question for his mother Ange Keepa and father Lia Tauamiti, who remain a big part of his life.

So far, friends and family have raised $2030 on a Give a Little page set up by Ange Keepa’s employer, Jenny Thiele, but it will take thousands more.

“I’m determined to do well, I’ve got a lot to live up to now,” Seth said.

The Papanui club player leaves for Australia on January 21. At 15, he is nervous about leaving his family behind.’

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/64626743/seth-keepatauamitis-league-dream-needs-support

It will take time, dedication and extremely hard work over a number of years in the future. My own 19 yr old grandson Pride Petterson-Robati ( pictured below) commences his fifth year, three years with the Melbourne Storm and his second with the Newcastle knights. He had a six year contract with the Storm, which covered his living expenses and school costs with a top school in Melbourne.  He is in his last year playing in the NYC Under 20’s grade. He, like young Seth went over to Australia as a 15 yr old and played SG Ball Under 18’s. Pride has since transfered to Newcastle Knights. I’ll keep an eye out for Seth’s progress in coming years.

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