FOR Maleny's Jack Barrie, everything improved when he discovered baseball four years ago.
The 16-year-old has become one of the best baseball players in Australia in his age group within the period of just five seasons.
He first discovered his love for the game as a 12-year-old skater, when he saw some children playing baseball in a park.
"It was just one of those things," he said.
"It was love at first sight.
"Everything in my life started to improve when I started playing baseball."
The keen sportsman is studying Year 11 and 12 at Robina State High School on the Gold Coast over three years, where there is a Baseball School of Excellence.
So far Jack has made the Queensland baseball team twice, gained a Queensland Baseball scholarship two years running, and trained with the Major League Australian Academy Program where he was the youngest player on camp.
"We got to play everyday and train everyday with the Australian Academy," he said.
"We were exposed to major scouts and leagues from around Australia.
"It was such a great opportunity."
Looking to the future, Jack hoped to one day play in the Major American Baseball League with his dream team, the St Louis Cardinals.
Jack said if that dream fell through, he still had a back up plan - studying to become a PE teacher.
"I'm doing a Certificate IV in Coaching at school now, and I love it," he said.
For Jack, the average week involves going to school on the Gold Coast for three days where he boards, coming home to Maleny for a few days where he trains in the indoor batting cage his mum built on their property, and travelling to games in north Brisbane and the Gold Coast on the weekends.
"It's pretty normal for us to do about 800km of driving in a few days," said mum Nicole Galea.
"I want to support him, because he's doing what he loves and he's so passionate about it."