Young Qld soccer player killed on highway remembered as talented and tenacious

A young Queensland soccer player who was killed on the Bruce Highway on Monday night has been remembered as a talented man with “incredible strength and determination”.

Nathan Weckert, 17, was driving north on the highway when his car hit a guardrail at Palmview on the Sunshine Coast.

Nathan Weckert has been remembered as a talented soccer player.

Nathan Weckert has been remembered as a talented soccer player.

After getting out of his car in the emergency stopping lane to wait for help, police said the teenager was hit by another car about 8pm.

He died at the scene and the driver of the other vehicle was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Nathan Weckert in action.

Nathan Weckert in action.

Nathan was described as a talented player from the Noosa Lions Football Club who was also playing for the under-23s team at the Olympic Football Club, based at Yeronga in Brisbane’s south.

Olympic’s head coach, Ben Cahn, said the young player would be remembered as the “positive, cheeky, smiling, tenacious young man he was”.

Mr Cahn, who was captain at Noosa Lions FC for eight years previously, had known Nathan for about 10 years.

“All the training environments he’s been in, he’s exceptionally popular with teammates and coaches,” Mr Cahn said. “Just the image there is of Nathan constantly smiling, a little cheeky smile on his face.

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