UNSTOPPABLE: Jack Sempf on the attack for the Kingaroy Red Ants under-12 team.
UNSTOPPABLE: Jack Sempf on the attack for the Kingaroy Red Ants under-12 team. Claudia Williams

Young league star 'wears his heart on his sleeve'

THE South Burnett Times is celebrating the achievements of aspiring athletes in the region.

Throughout November and December we will be featuring the nominees for our junior sportsperson of the year competition.

Meet competition nominee Jack Sempf.

JACK Sempf is unstoppable on the footy field.

The under-12 Kingaroy Red Ants player was named best forward in his team for the 2018 season, an achievement of which he is very proud.

"I thought I was never going to get an award but I worked for it; when I received it I was shocked, I am very happy," he said.

The winners of the team's end-of-season awards were chosen by the players, making the achievement even more special to Jack.

He is a true team player and each game he takes the field to do the best he can for his team.

"We come together as mates to play footy and encourage each other to play our best so everybody has a great game day," he said.

It is hard to miss Jack on the footy field, he is the biggest player in his division.

This season Jack was valuable for team with a number of try assists and proved to be a challenge for the opposition to tackle.

"It feels amazing. I like dragging the people behind, it is like a car ride or something," he said.

Jack is inspired by NRL player Josh McGuire and like him he doesn't let his size stop him from doing what he can for the team and he hopes to inspire others through his effort.

"I want to show people that are younger that they can do it and you don't have to be a small kid," he said.

"If you are tall or short you can still play footy."

Red Ants coach Matt Jones said Jack's never-give-up attitude at training and games made him a great asset to any team.

"Jack won't quit. I think the boys see that and warm to that," he said.

"He is a very likeable young fella and he wants to do the best he can for you."

Jones believes Jack is a rare character and on and off the field is a friendly and caring person.

"He always stops and says hello and happy to come and have a chat," he said.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve it is that attitude that he brings to the side."

For the future, Jack sees himself as a coach to help others achieve their goals and wants to have a footy in hand for as long as possible.

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