The Mid West was represented in the Sunshine Coast, as Cody Nelson travelled as part of the WA State team to compete in the National Youth Touch Championships. The Geraldton local travelled with the 18s side to compete in the 2023 DoorDash National Youth Championships, a four-day touch rugby tournament between September 27-30. Nelson was selected to the extended squad for the WA 18s side in July, which was then further cut down to a touring team in August. The WA Tigers side travelled over to the Sunshine Coast and spent the week over East training and preparing for the tournament. Unfortunately, Nelson and the Tigers did not find much success in games, going 0-1-5 in their pool games, but still had the chance to play against high-level talent and compete on a big stage. Nelson was awarded a scholarship by the JK Foundation, which supported him with travel and fees. He now becomes one of many young athletes from Geraldton that have been given the opportunity to travel and compete by the foundation. Other recent JK Foundation beneficiaries have included young boxer Frauke Rawlings, who competed in Queensland for the National Golden Gloves title and Khyan Townsend who travelled to Kazakhstan for the Taekwondo World Championships.