Caden Spinks and Lachlan Fitzpatrick are achieving in both AFL and basketball

Ruck work: Caden Spinks in the ruck contest trying to tap the Sherrin to Lachlan Fitzpatrick who is playing as the rover. Photo: Kim Spinks.
Ruck work: Caden Spinks in the ruck contest trying to tap the Sherrin to Lachlan Fitzpatrick who is playing as the rover. Photo: Kim Spinks.

Caden Spinks and Lachlan Fitzpatrick are young AFL and basketball stars.

They competed at the Australian u16 Junior Basketball Championships in July, were a part of the ACT u15 AFL team for the School Sport Australian Championship and were a part of this year's Queanbeyan Tigers u15 premiership winning side.

They have also been developing skills through the NSW basketball development and rep squads and the GWS AFL Academy.

The boys are currently a part of the National Performance Program (NPP) for basketball which is a yearly commitment.

" On Monday and Wednesday, we are invited to the ACT Academy of Sport gym where we are trained by a personal trainer," Caden said.

"Tuesday and Thursday consist of hour long on court sessions to channel our skills and improve our shooting."

Lachie comes from an Aboriginal background, just loves competing and admires Patty Mills.

"Ever since I picked up a ball I've never let it go," Lachie said.

"The thing I most like about sport is been able to compete. No matter the situation, I will always have that competitive nature.

"I adore Mills because on court he's a star and his achievements are incredible. Off court, he's back in Australia providing water to outback communities.

"Hopefully if I was to make it in a sport, kids would be looking up to me the way I do to him."

For Caden, the competitiveness of AFL and the fact courage is needed is what makes him love the sport while the uniqueness of basketball drew him into the game.

"The best part of AFL for me is flying high through the air over a contested area and taking a hanger on the opposition's shoulders," Caden said.

"What makes it so fun to play is the endless amount of moves. You can be big or small, fast or slow, it doesn't matter as there are endless playing styles."

Cadeb loves NBA legend Russel Westbrook due to his playing style and idolises his footy coach Mark Armstrong.

"He's someone I look up to as a footy player and someone I aspire to be," he said.

The two 15-year-olds are great mates.