All-rounder rep star

Matty Reddacliff in action on the footy field with the Kingaroy Red Ants.

by Jessica McGrath

When it comes to sport, Matty Reddacliff takes the saying ‘all rounder’ to a whole new level.

The Kingaroy State High School Year 7 student has a wealth of representative sport under his belt and assured Burnett Today his academic studies were going strong too.

Matty swam in the Queensland State Schools swimming competition on 21 March, 2022.

In the 100m Freestyle he swam 1:16:08, just slower than his Personal Best time of 1:16

When it came to the medley and freestyle relays he won both of his heats and came 20th overall in Queensland.

The 12-year-old swimmer also competed in the State Sprints Swimming competition during February 2022.

He did three swims -the 50m Freestyle, 50m Breastroke and 50m Butterfly, securing two PBs.

A few years prior, Matty won the title of the nine-year-old Wide Bay Champion at the State Sprints.

Also during February 2022, the up and coming swimming star competed in an ocean swim competition, coming 8th overall in his 10 to 15-years age group.

Out of the water, Matty has also made his mark on the field.

In Rugby League, Matty favours the centre position as well as winger and fullback.

He plays for the Kingaroy Red Ants, South Burnett Eagles, South Burnett schools and Wide Bay schools rugby league teams.

“I’ve always wanted to be a footy player for the Broncos,” Matty said.

“My favourite sport is Rugby League, I’ve been playing it ever since I was six-years-old and I’ve made heaps of teams.”

He was honoured to play in the under-13 schoolboys Broncos Challenge.

Playing for the state school rugby league team last year was a highlight for Matty.

“I was in reserve and was called in, I played pretty well,” he said.

“The team scored only two tries, but came seventh.”

Matty also plays in the South Burnett Touch Team which finished undefeated in a carnival last term.

“It felt pretty good [to go through undefeated],” Matty said.

He mostly plays centre and was responsible for several tries on the first day of the carnival.

This year he has taken on the challenge of playing for the Toowoomba representative side, Twisters.

Matty has also played for the South Burnett schools AFL team for two years now.

“Last year we beat every team except Bundaberg,” he said.

In 2021, Matty was recognised with the junior best sportsperson award at St John’s Lutheran School.