Youngster wants to wear Aussie colours with pride
TOUCH: Impressive form at an Australian camp on the Gold Coast has reaped the highest of honours for Gladstone's Tallis Stanhope.
The 16-year-old has been selected in the Australian Mixed Under-18 Touch team that will play in the 2018 Youth Touch World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from August 8-11.
"The selection process was playing in an Australian camp and then getting selected in talent ID squad," he said.
"Out of those squads, players get selected into final teams."
Tallis said he was not sure what to expect after the camp but got the good news a few weeks ago before it could be released to media outlets just recently.
"I found out three weeks ago when I got a call from coach Jason Martin," he said.
"I was stoked and it has been a lot of hard work and preparation."
Tallis admitted it's not just been on the pitch where he has grown in confidence.
"I have developed more as a person as well and have more confidence as well," he said.
Junior representative co-ordinator Dennis Black has been one of the main influences in Tallis's development.
"Dennis has been my main coach but I have had a few different representative coaches," Tallis said.
Black said Tallis had got his just deserts.
"I saw him for the first time when he was 13 and he has worked really hard and has a great work ethic," he said.
"He's just very humble."
It wasn't always easy for Tallis at the start according to Black.
"He was a bit hesitant at the start but he grew and now he is a bit of a leader," he said.
"He also helps coaching the kids and he's putting back into the clubs."