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AFL eyes talent

Wednesday, 6th March, 2013

Former AFL star Chris Johnson is in the city with AFL NSW/ACT Former AFL star Chris Johnson is in the city with AFL NSW/ACT

By Emily Roberts

Local indigenous and multicultural students were able to rub shoulders with an AFL legend yesterday, as scouts were in the city to source talent.

The AFL was looking to unearth some talent in Broken Hill, with AFL legend Chris Johnson and visiting officials putting kids under the microscope.

Mr Johnson and AFL NSW/ACT officials put players through a variety of exercises including 20m sprints, vertical leap, agility testing, beep testing, and a variety of others.

Indigenous players who excel in the testing may be selected in the AFL NSW/ACT Under 15 Indigenous State team to play in the Indigenous National Championships in Townsville.

Meanwhile, multicultural players can be selected for a Multicultural Talent Camp which will be held in Sydney on April 17.

Katriina Heikkanen, State Manager for the AFL Indigenous Program said the trials were high performance tests, which will be used to select a side of 24 players.

"We had 12 boys and 12 girls participate in the trials," Ms Heikkanen said.

"They were really good, some did really good times.

"They were an excellent bunch of kids. They all gave it 100 per cent."

Ms Heikkanen said there may be some children that will be selected for squad.

"There was definitely two that we looked at that have a lot of potential," she said.

She said it was the first time they were able to travel out to Broken Hill.

"We normally ask for applications, but we were given the opportunity to come out.

"There has been lots of good indigenous talent."

She said it was good to travel to give the children an opportunity and to promote the program.

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