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June 22, 2017

Lachlan Wright will be representing Victoria in Perth as an umpire in the Australian School Sports championships.

Lachlan Wright dreams of umpiring in the AFL.

The 15-year-old Seymour College student, who is a boundary umpire in the Goulburn Valley League, has been selected to represent Victoria at the Australian School Sport championships in July.

This year’s championships are in Perth and Wright is one of just 10 Victorian school students to be representing Victoria at national level.

Wright began his umpiring journey two years ago and hopes the trip to Perth could lead to bigger things.

‘‘It’s a pathway to AFL umpiring,’’ he said.

AFL scouts specifically target the School Sport championships in search of the next generation of AFL umpires.

Wright often runs more than 12km in a game so his pre-game ritual is important.

Eggs on toast for breakfast, followed by a couple of sandwiches at half-time to help him get through the second half.

It is not just a matter of being selected, though; Wright also must raise the money to get to Perth.

He is selling raffle tickets to help him reach his target and take part in the program.

Tickets are available at the Goulburn Murray Credit Union, NAB and through Clare Maffescioni at Clare’s Hairdressing.

They will also be sold at Seymour Junior Football Netball Club home games.

The prizes include a Kia Cerato five-door hatch valued at $26301, a $10000 travel and accommodation voucher and a curved 65-inch Samsung television worth $3499.

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