CAMERON KING REFLECTS ON A BIG 2009
|Cameron King with his NSWCHS VAL LAMBIT Award (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Australian Schoolboys captain Cameron King on the burst in the 2nd Test v GBCL (Photo: ourfootymedia)
|Cameron King in action against Keebra Park in the 2009 AaC Semi final @ Telstra Stadium (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Cameron King feds the CHS runners - NSWCHS v QSSRL Day battle 3 action (Photo : ourfooty media)
|Cameron King collects his Man of the Series Prize - The ASSRL Presentations after the 2nd Test @ St. Mary's Leaguies (Photo : ourfootymedia)
Cameron King is a country boy come good in the big smoke. Hailing from the country he also brought his humble country work ethics and values and these have helped turn this boy from Wagga Wagga into one of the elite of Australian sport.
2009 was a dream year for young Cameron and we spoke to one of his coaches at Endeavour Sports High School, Mr Brad Kelly, who was kind enough to tell us some of Cameron’s achievements through 2009.
"Cameron arrived at Endeavour SHS in year 9 and he ended up staying at the school for 4 years.
"2009 was a pretty stellar year for him, he has probably achieved more this year than any other student who has gone through our rugby league program.”
"Cameron has been great in terms of his leadership qualities not just in the games - but at training and his attitude around the school", said Mr Kelly.
Some of Cameron’s achievements through 2009 include :
Endeavour SHS DAU MEDAL - which is recognition an individual who has made the most out standing on & off field contribution to the rugby league program at Endeavour SHS.
Endeavour SHS "PLAYER of the YEAR
ASSRL - PLAYER of the SERIES - Australian Schoolboys v Great Britian Community Lions
ASSRL - MAN of the MATCH - 1st TEST
NSWCHS - Sydney East BLUE
NSWCHS - NSWCHS BLUE
NSWCHS - VAL LEMBIT AWARD - the VAL LEMBIT AWARD is awarded to the most outstanding male athlete in NSW at CHS level
REP TEAMS :
Australian Schoolboys (Captain) v Great Britian Community LIONS
NSW Under 18 ORIGIN
(NSW Captain) v Queensland Under 18's
NSW CHS Under 18's -
ASSRL Championships at Newcastle
St. George Dragons - TOYOTA CUP TEAM
ENDEAVOUR SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL - Arrive alive Cup - semi finalists
ENDEAVOUR SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL - NSWCHS UNIVERSITY SHIELD - Grand Finalists
Cameron said he owed a lot to his biggest supporter, his Mum who has been there for him and gone through the highs and lows and dragged him around to games and training since he started playing footy at the ripe old age of 4.
President of the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League (ASSRL) Mr. Bruce Wallace couldn’t praise Cameron enough. "Cameron is the first rugby league player since Blake Green in 2004 to win the award. Just to be nominated for the Val Lembit Award is huge - and to win it is sensational.”
“It's a marvelous achievement seeing as Ian Thorpe one it twice in 1997 and 1998”, said Mr Wallace.
Below we have exclusively for ourfootyteam readers an interview with the man himself.
Cameron King Interview Wednesday 6 th Jan 2010
|Cameron King in action for Endeavour in the NSWCHS University Shield Grand Final at Shark Park (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Cameron King's 2009 trophy collection - pretty good hey (Photo : ourfootymedia)
@ the Glen McGrath Oval, Caringbah NSW
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE?
I always wanted to be a footballer, my dad played for Penrith.
WHAT LOCAL FOOTY CLUBS DO YOU PLAY FOR?
I played for the Wagga Kargaroos, then moved to Sydney in 2005, i played for Cronulla Caringbah in the Cronulla Junior Comp
QUICK QUESTIONS :
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE COLOUR?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE FOOD?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK?
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE DRINK?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE FRUIT?
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE FRUIT?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC?
Hip Hop & R'n'B
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE MUSIC?
Heavy Metal, u know the thrash music
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW?
2 1/2 Men
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE TV SHOW?
Home & Away
WHAT'S YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE CARTOON?
Pokemon, they are great
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
Fiji, a few years ago I went to Fiji and I wanna go back
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN OVERSEA'S?
Fiji and New Zealand (with the Dragons Toyota Cup team)
GOING ANYWHERE THIS SUMMER?
WHO WERE YOUR HERO'S AS A LITLLE KID?
Freddie Fittler, Coz my brother in law is Greg Alexander, so I used to see Freddie alot
WHY DO YOU PLAY RUGBY LEAGUE?
Like everything, it's all i have known since I was 4
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT PLAYING RUGBY LEAGUE CAMERON?
WHAT POSITION DO YOU PLAY?
IS THAT YOUR FAVOURITE POSITION?
Yeh, i can play half & also 5/8
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FOOTY TRAINING?
Learning new things and being with my mates
WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT FOOTY TRAINING?
Start of season, running
WHO DO YOU PLAY FOR NOW?
St. George Dragons
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR TOUGHEST OPPONENT?
Russell Packer (NZ), he is the toughest dude
WHO ARE THE TOUGHEST TEAM YOU HAVE PLAYED?
NZ Warriors, but over there (In NZ) we played them in Wollongong and smashed them, but over there..... it's different
2009 WAS HUGE FOR YOU CAMERON, CAN YOU TELL US WHY?
I had a big off season with the Dragons, being stronger and fitter.
It was a big year coz I chose school footy and wanted to have fun with my last year of school at Endeavour Sports High, it was a good break from the seriousness of the NRL.
WHAT TEAMS DID YOU PLAY IN LAST YEAR?
My school, Endeavour SHS, St. George Dragons Toyota Cup side, NSWCHS Presidents, NSWCHS, NSW U 19's Origin, and the Australian Schoolboys.
WHO ARE THE BEST PLAYERS YOU PLAYED WITH AND AGAINST IN 2009?
There's a few, oh man, Albert Kelly (Cronulla Sharks, NSW U18's), Jordan Rankin (Gold Coast Titans, Palm Beach Currumbin SHS, QLD schoolboys, Australian Schoolboys), Joey LEILUA (Endeavour SHS, SOUTHS, NSWCHS, Australian Schoolboys), Ryan James (Gold Coast Titans, Palm Beach Currumbin SHS, QLD schoolboys, Australian Schoolboys), Jacob Miller (Matraville SHS, NSWCHS, Australian Schoolboys), Jordan Kahu (Keebra Park SHS, QLD Schoolboys), Peni Tagive
WHAT WERE YOUR 2009 HIGHLIGHTS CAM?
Playing NSW u19 Origin
Captain Australian Schoolboys
Meeting Kylah (my girlfriend)
Loosing the Arrive alive Cup semi to Keebra
Missing the final series of the Toyota Cup
GOALS IN FOOTY ?
Just to have a long career and be mostly injury free
ADVISE TO KIDS PLAYING FOOTY?
Don't put your head down if you do something wrong, don't worry when you make mistakes, just don't worry about it
Just get on with it, and don't think of the negatives
DO YOU HAVE A JOB CAM?
Yeh, I am doing freight handling for a company called WYMAP
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR LAST $50.00?
Ourfootyteam would like to thank CAMERON KING for his time and patience and for allowing us to interview him, good on ya Kingy - we look forward to a follow up interview at the end of the 2010 season.
Look for a big winner at Randwick