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Reference: Southern Times Messenger, Wednesday July 25th 2018, messenger.smedia.com.au/southern-times/ 

ESTEBAN Cure first hit the volleyball court three years ago as a way to hang out with friends.

But he enjoyed what was being served up so began taking the sport more seriously. Now the 14-year-old is one of SA’s rising volleyball stars. He has just returned home from a week-long training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he honed his skills.

“I started playing volleyball in Year 6 with a (Volleyball SA) spikezone program,” Esteban, of Warradale, says. “It started off just for fun, but it started getting serious at the end of Year 7, start of Year 8, when I was picked in a state team.” Esteban, who was born in the Netherlands but also spent time living in England, tried soccer, tennis and swimming when he was younger. But shortly after moving to Adelaide in 2012, he quit the other sports to focus on volleyball.

Esteban, right, is the southern region’s first monthly winner in the secondary boys’ category for this year’s School Sports Awards.

The Year 9 Brighton Secondary student has made consecutive state teams the past three years, winning bronze at the 2016 junior national titles and silver in 2017. Esteban is also a member of the Volleyball SA academy. 

Any student aged 10-18 and enrolled at a South Australian school is eligible to enter the awards. Male and female finalists will be announced monthly for northern, southern, eastern and western Adelaide between June and September. Overall winners will be announced at the Celebration of SA Sport gala evening later this year.

To nominate, go to www.education.sa.gov.au/ teaching/sport/awards/ school-sports-awards

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