Model pro: He's only 15 but this kid was born to lead
RUGBY LEAGUE: Larson Dale-Doyle is an old head on young shoulders.
He considers his supreme talents - a Queensland representative in rugby league, union and Oztag - merely as a blessing.
The 15-year-old is grateful of his god-given ability, but wants to do more with it than just set alight the various sporting fields around Rockhampton and the nation.
He is a young, proud indigenous student on the rise and he wants to lead the way forward for others to follow.
"I want to be a bit of a role model for the younger kids coming through," Dale-Doyle said. "To see them achieve great things would be nice. I know some of the boys from out in the communities struggle in school and I want to see them improve.
"They need to know that having success in whatever you are doing, be it swimming, bike riding, arts, singing or whatever, that it has to be earned by yourself.
"It is earned through hard work and a lot of sacrifices have to be made. Nothing is just handed to you on a platter.
"If you put your mind to it you can do it all. It will happen if you make it."
- Club Falcons camp on Sunshine Coast
- Shadow rep for QLD team and was called up
- Union shadow QLD team
- QLD merit Oztag team
- Capricornia RL team
- QLD White team
- Capricornia and QLD RU team
- QLD merit Oztag team
- Broncos, Cowboys and Capras academy
With family and friends in his corner, Dale-Doyle has no shortage of role models.
He credits his uncle Wayne for parts of his footballing upbringing and watches Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis in awe. Not only for their weekly plays of brilliance but their random acts of kindness too.
"My uncle has really inspired me and taught me a lot. I wouldn't be the person I am today without him," the Fitzroy's junior said.
"I really look up to JT and GI for what they do as indigenous people in this country.
"Duncan Paia'aua and Cameron Munster (ex-Emmaus students) too."
2017 has been a jam-packed year for Dale-Doyle. He's featured for Capricornia, Queensland and spent time in the Brisbane Broncos, NQ Cowboys and CQ Capras academies.
He recently came back from Woolongong after playing league for his state and will head away for rugby union later this month.
Right now, he believes his future lies in league and all due to the extras he puts in.
"I love the sport, particularly the tough stuff like tackling," he grinned.
"But I stay back after every training to practise more, goal kicking, passing, place kicking, everything, for 30 minutes. Playing for Queensland makes me so proud and happy. It is so worth all the hard work."