From the moment he picked up a bat, Kyan Roach knew he was going to be great at baseball.
At age 10, he convinced his mum to buy him a baseball bat, on the condition he would go straight down to the local fields and train.
Little did she know he would later be selected to represent Australia in the under-12s World Championships in Taiwan.
“I’m amazed I achieved something so big,” Kyan, now 12, said.
The Local Sports Stars nominee had only played baseball for two and a half seasons at the time of his selection for Australia.
Kyan Roach dreams of playing for Australia again. Picture: Justin Sanson
One of his coaches, Shane Summersford, nominated him for the national squad.
Out of the hundreds of kids that participated in the qualifiers, Kyan was good enough to be one of the 18 kids selected for the team.
The Glenmore Park local played in almost every game in Taiwan and was the designated hitter.
His proud mother was lucky enough to be there to watch. She noted that Kyan had played sport all his life, but “never took to anything like he did to baseball”.
Kyan Roach has been nominated for the Local Sports Star Award. Picture: Justin Sanson
Back home, Kyan plays for the Rouse Hill Wildcats, where he plays catcher and first base, and is training for third base.
The young gun said he hoped to play for Australia again, and would eventually love to play in the big leagues in the US.
Nominations for Local Sports Stars awards close on the 31st of August. Make a nomination now to go in the draw to win a $500 gift card from Rebel Sport.