Stinging the local competition

By Kirra Livingstone

SEBASTIAN Goulton is a young superstar in the local rugby union scene, and has been selected in the South Queensland team after playing for the Sunshine Coast Stingrays.
Goulton was selected in the Sunshine Coast Stingrays representative team to play in the South Queensland Championships in May this year.
He was also picked to play in the under 16’s South Queensland team in the Queensland Country Rugby Union Championships, and the team took out the win on July 2.
His mum, Sandra Goulton, said she was incredibly proud of his son for being selected to play in several representative teams this year.
“I think we were in shock I’m not going to lie, we were super proud that he just got into the Sunshine Coast Stingrays team,” she said.
“We thought that was awesome to get to that level, super proud of him and it drives a new level of confidence and passion in him.”
He has played since he was six-years-old, however due to a lack of players to make up a team, he stopped playing for the Maleny Bushrangers in 2019, and joined Brothers Sunshine Coast in 2022.
Sandra said since rejoining a rugby union club, Sebastian has gained a new found confidence in his new position as a front rower and is excelling in the sport.
“He’s been bullied for a lot of his life, so for this to happen has been a huge highlight for him, and he’s on the spectrum so he’s always found it really hard to fit in,” she said.
“He is super excited and he is just a different person, to see this new inner confidence since being picked for these representative teams is fantastic.
“When he’s playing, there’s something that comes over him being in the front row, and he has no fear, he loves to build on his new skills and being around really nice, like-minded people.”