Mitchell Askew wins the Bob Gilder U18 Player of the Year Award
Mitchell remembers watching the footy on TV as a young boy & saying “I want to play footy like they are” so he started playing at the age of five for Eastern Suburbs”. When asked about the highlight for the 2011 season, Mitchell found it hard as he had many throughout the year but being selected in the Mal Meninga Cup team & playing up in Cairns as well as captaining the Easts Nev Blair side’s last game against Redlands would be the top of his list.
He suggests that “if players want to achieve they should focus on training hard in all aspects of your game, persistence pays off” Also he says to believe in your own ability, don’t worry about what others are doing as this can sometimes distract you from your own goals.
There are many people that Mitchell would like to thank for helping in his career thus far, but his dad has been his greatest supporter. Mitchell says “I was always the smallest on the team but my dad always taught me that it’s not the size of the player, but how much ticker (heart) you have” Easts Juniors coaches, Andrew Neave and Scott Sipple have both always believed in Mitchell’s ability and have always given him valuable advice both on and off the field.
As for other activities Mitchell enjoys away from the field, he says, “I have represented Australia in wake-boarding in some prestigious events and I like to get out and wake-board a fair bit”. He also enjoys spending time with his mates fishing and camping as well as going to the beach.
As for his future goals in rugby league, Mitchell would like to secure a spot as hooker in the Easts Colts Fogs team by the end of next year and then look at his chances with a QLD Cup team. His academic aspirations include being accepted into a biomedical degree at Griffith University.