Pennant Hills Demons junior Mitch Kunigiskis trains with Sydney Swans

Learning opportunity: Pennant Hills Demons player and Swans Academy player Mitch Kunigiskis runs across the Sydney Cricket Ground at Sydney Swans training.
Learning opportunity: Pennant Hills Demons player and Swans Academy player Mitch Kunigiskis runs across the Sydney Cricket Ground at Sydney Swans training.

Sydney Swans Academy player Mitch Kunigiskis had the opportunity of a lifetime during the July school holidays.

The 13-year-old, who plays for the Pennant Hills Demons, was asked to assist at two Swans training sessions.

“I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face when Chris [Swans general manager Smith] asked me if I wanted to go to Swans training,” Mitch said. “I was so excited and grateful for the opportunity.”

The year 8 student and second year academy player was rewarded for his positive attitude with the opportunity, helping with training including kicking balls back to Luke Parker and Buddy Franklin during goal kicking practice.

“Then Luke involved me in the group and got me to be a leading target coming out of the square,” he said. “It was mind-boggling when I think about it, and I’m so honoured for the chance I was given.”

Mitch is a Western Bulldogs fan and moved to Sydney from Geelong three years ago.

His dad Anthony said it was a great opportunity for Mitch to see how the Swans players train and prepare.

“He has lofty ambitions so it was a great insight for a young kid,” he said. “He couldn’t believe how down-to-earth and nice the players were.”

Mitch is competing for selection in the Swans Academy representative team to play at the NSW state trials in Albury in September.