Lenehan is Healy tip to be State Great
BLAKE Lenehan is on track to become one of Ipswich's great success stories.
Cricket legend Ian Healy presented the 15-year-old Queensland rugby league representative player with a Future State Great award yesterday in a special visit to Bundamba State High School.
"If you want to choose a picture perfect example of what we are trying to achieve, it is Blake," Healy said. "He really fits the mould."
The Future State Great awards are presented to highly talented sports students to help them to overcome adversity to reach their potential. The program's philosophy is based on using the power of sport to initiate positive change in the lives of young Queenslanders.
Principal Andrew Peach nominated Lenehan as a worthy contender for the award.
"Blake's an exceptional student from an academic perspective as well as in sport," he said.
"The well-rounded citizen he's building up to be... makes him a great role model for our school."
The Bundamba High Year 10 student received a bursary to compete in the Under 15s Queensland schoolboys' team at the national rugby league championships in Canberra last month.
"If I didn't get the funding I wouldn't have got to Canberra," the West End lock said.
Healy said the assistance allowed Blake's family to send him to the next level.
"These kids, who might have issues such as hardship to contend with, have got motivation and commitment, skills you can't teach," he said.
The Future State Greats program encouraged its stars to consider their next steps after school, including university education options.
Lenehan said his biggest achievements had been playing rugby league for south-east Queensland for the past two years and in the Cyril Connell Cup this year. But he also has plans to study engineering.
"I made a bet with my teacher to get an OP1," he said.