Cleve local Cameron Taheny has been formally admitted as Head Boarder at Rostrevor College in Adelaide as he begins his final year of schooling.
The young footballer will represent 60 boarders in his leadership position, a third of whom also come from the Eyre Peninsula.
Cameron credited the community he grew up in for teaching him to value helping out.
“In a community like ours, everyone is there for each other,” he said.
He said he took after his parents Deb and Andrew Taheny, who are both active in the Cleve community.
Mrs Taheny said Cameron’s caring nature and country values would hold him in good stead through the year.
“Cameron comes from a faith background, so he certainly knows the serving heart and, being in a small country community, he knows the responsibilities and what it takes to serve and the importance of getting involved,” she said.
Cameron spent much of the first month of the year focusing on his footballing aspirations, beginning with a training week with the Port Adelaide Football Club along with two other SA draft hopefuls.
As a member of the South Australian AFL Academy, he then took part in a training camp in Adelaide alongside 30 of the state’s most promising 16 and 17 year old players, lead by state U18s coach Tony Bamford.