THE Observer profiles the Yaralla Junior Sports Star of the Year weekly winner every Saturday.

This week it is up-and-coming tennis champ Nathan Cooke.

Junior Sports Star nominees must be aged 16 or under in 2014 to be eligible.

Nominate someone you believe deserves to be recognised here.


Name: Nathan Cooke

Age: 15

Sport: Tennis

When and why did you begin the sport? I started five years ago, in 2008/09, because I was watching it on TV and my family played, Rob McBean has been coaching me from the start.

Describe the greatest moment you have had in your sport: In 2013, making the Queensland state team to play in the State of Origin series and winning the Under-15 CQ title in the same year.

What do you want to achieve in the future? Queensland Secondary Under-19 team and top 100 Australian ranking.

What achievements have you had in the past? Gladstone Junior (Under-18) Champion 2013

Who do you consider as your sporting inspiration and why? Novak Djokovic because I like to believe I play a similar game to him.

What do you consider the ultimate goal you would dream to reach? I want to become a professional.