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Graduate exchange participant sees promise in Under 15s

Shayne O’Brien started playing lacrosse aged eight in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a small US town where lacrosse is a dominant sport. Now 23, he has much to offer in the way of youth development during his two-year Graduate Exchange Program at the Subiaco Lacrosse Club.

Along with twin brother Trevor, Shayne is playing for the State League Team and coaching the Under 15 boys.

“We have a lot to bring to the table,” says the graduate of Business Administration at Lynchburg University. “In university in the US you practise every day of the week and play on weekends. You just put more hours in, so you’re exposed to a lot of lacrosse and that creates a wealth of knowledge.”

Being able to give pointers on the game and impart some new skills is starting to have an impact on the young players, he says. “When we started out the season we only had six kids showing up to training. The kids are starting to enjoy it more and put more time into it, so they’re starting to show up in bigger numbers now.”