ELEVEN-year old Seb Jost is in the enviable position of already knowing what he wants to do with his life.
The young Port Augusta sports fanatic wants to be a sports journalist – and the sooner, the better.
But the lad’s dreams are more than pie-in-the-sky ambitions.
Seb has an advantage compared to his potential competition for a career in a media hot seat, having already added several stints of sports journalism to his resume.
He spends much of his weekends during the winter on the footy field, while juggling his commitments to the TraxFM team, calling Spencer Gulf Football League games.
The headphones certainly fit despite his age, and his insightful special comments sees him fit seamlessly among the panel of seasoned local football experts.
His sporting preference is cricket, and Seb has shown he’s capable of writing a cricket report, contributing to The Transcontinental’s sports pages as a nine-year old.
But it’s his work in the media box gaining the most attention from SGL followers and fellow callers.
“It started off me doing the scoreboard during the Central A grade (broadcast), and I started making a few comments,” Seb explained.
“And they said I should be on the radio, so I started doing player tracker where I track a certain player and keep stats.
“They do the main commentating, but if I see something that they don’t, like an injury, I’ll point it out.”
Former SGL president and TraxFM special comments expert Dean Parish said he was happy to relinquish his position this season to give Seb a chance in the hot seat.
He said the young media star’s performance behind the microphone has left him with no doubt he’s the right person for the job.
“He sits there and talks to the old blokes like he’s known them for years,” Parish said.
“Everybody loves him. Daniel Collins said something the other day, and asked Seb what he thought.
“He said ‘well I don’t agree with you on that one Daniel’.
“He’s a natural.”
Despite already being affectionately known in the box as ‘Bruce’, after football and race-calling legend Bruce McAvaney, Seb is yet to find any specific callers around which he’d like to mold his style.
He’s more interested in bettering his local football knowledge, and improving his craft in preparation for one day calling AFL games featuring his beloved Western Bulldogs.
“Since I’ve started on the radio, I’ve learnt a lot more of their names,” Seb said.
“I like Nick Collins and the way he plays, and maybe Jordan Fuller. And I like Brandon Hurt because he’s a tagger ...
“There’s probably lots of them, but I like the players that really attack the ball.”