Schoolboy rugby player saves man’s life


Waverley College First XV scrum half Klayton Thorn was on his way to Mahon Pool for a recovery swim on August 17 when he heard cries for help coming from the ocean nearby.

The 16 year old, a former member of South Maroubra Surf Club, immediately sprung into action thinking about how he could rescue the man.

“I was concerned about two things - how I was going to get him back in because of the size of the waves and the hundreds of barnacles and sea urchins that I didn’t want to step on,” Klayton said.

“My years of extensive surf training kicked in, I threw the man an Angel Ring from nearby and was able to direct him in to the rocks until the emergency services arrived.”

Klayton won four State nipper medal as a young boy but when it came time to make the decision on which sport he would focus on - rugby was the winner.

“I really enjoy being able to play rugby with my mates and being introduced to different cultures when we get the privilege to travel away.”

In 2019, Klayton made his debut for the Waverley College First XV, donning the jersey for the first time at the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament in Japan earlier this year.

Since then, Klayton has excelled on the rugby field, earning selection into the Sydney Rugby Union team and NSW Waratahs Gen Blue team which will play in the 2019 UNder 16s Rugby Championships from September 29 to October 5 at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

“I’m really looking forward to staying at the AIS for a week with my teammates and playing against some of the best Under 16s rugby players from across Australia.

As a Year 10 student and the youngest in his school team, Klayton remains ambitious about his future in rugby and says his priority is improving his game each season.

“Being a competitive rugby school, my goal is to retain my position of scrum half in the First XV until Year 12,” Klayton said.

“And who knows, I’d really love to be considered for the Australian Schoolboys team one day.”

Klayton will lineup for Waverley College in the opening game for the Australia v Samoa test match held at Bankwest Stadium this Saturday 7 September.






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