Rayden - The Youth Academy

Alright, alright, alright ladies & gents - this week we have a very special introduction for you! This kid doesn't know the meaning of the word "stop" and his intensity and desire to continually push his boundaries & achieve both the goals and dreams he sets himself is incredibly admirable :D

** GETTING TO KNOW RAYDEN **

Name: Rayden
Age: 17
Sport(s): League + Union
Position(s): Fullback, Halfback, Five-Eight, and Centre

For How Long Have You Been Playing? 
This is my first year Union and eight years of League

What Do You Love About Your Sport? 
I love the contact and the physical side is a great stress release. 

What’s Been Your Biggest Accomplishment So Far? 
Making grade for Hamilton Hawks and Wests at the age of 17

What Drew You To The Academy? 
I saw a few of my old friends on the Facebook page and wanted to come in so that I could better myself. I love the fact they specialise in young athletes and teens

What Do You Love About The Academy? 
It’s a place I can push myself to become that little bit better. Becoming better as an athlete on the field and also in life. I also love that it’s a group training setting, but all of my training is individualised to me

How Has The Academy Helped You Improve So Far? 
I’ve already noticed feeling much physically stronger and more confident in the gym, and I love how my mindset has changed. I also enjoy the camaraderie; the other kids make it an experience.

What’s The Biggest Mindset Shift You’ve Had since Joining the Academy? 
I now believe and can see how beneficial weight and strength training is for me and my sport. As in the past, I never believed it would do anything for me

If You Could Be Any Superhero, Who Would You Be? 
The Hulk. Cause he likes to smash!