Since being introduced to the sport of Futsal in high school, Alex has gone on to achieve rapid success, – even being selected to compete internationally.
He shares the excitement of his and his team’s winning performance.
Please tell us a bit about yourself …
My name is Alex, and I’ve lived in Port Macquarie for most of my life. I’m 19 and work at Digital Sign and Printing, and I’ve been there just under a year. I’m the youngest of 4 children.
What prompted your interest in playing Futsal?
It all started when my school, Newman Senior Technical College, offered for me to play in a local school comp – it was mainly just to get a day off school!
From there, I was selected to play for the Northern NSW open boys team with Vikings Futsal Association. We played a comp up in QLD, and then I was selected for the Australian opens team, also through Vikings Futsal. I’ve loved it ever since.
For those who don’t know much about the game, what are the main rules, and how is it played?
I’m the goal keeper, so my main focus is to stop the ball from hitting the net.
It’s a 5-a-side sport played on an indoor court a bit bigger than a basketball field. It’s pretty much like outdoor football, but much quicker.
Why’d you travel to China?
Vikings Futsal organised a tour of China, and we travelled there in April.
There were 9 of us who went – and there were actually 3 of us from Port Macquarie. The other two players from Port were Jeremy Robinson and Caleb Ravesteyn.
While we were over there, we played a couple of games with a local university in Chengdu and some of the local teams as well, then we played the Foshan cup in Shenzhen.
What results did your team achieve overseas? Were you happy with your performance personally, and the performance of the team?
The university teams were a bit tough to start off with, but we eventually settled in and started getting our heads in the game and had a few wins.
At the Foshan cup, we played 4 games and won all of them – only having two goals scored against us in the whole tournament. We ended up winning the cup. I was heaps happy with my performance and the team’s.
What did you learn about Futsal while playing in China, that you feel will help your game in future?
Well, a lot of things. Since I’m new to the sport, I was learning more and more each day – which helped out a lot.
Was there much chance to enjoy the sights and culture while you were in China? What’s an experience you had there that left a lasting impression on you?
We did a lot of sightseeing, shopping and experienced a lot of China’s culture and food.
One of the things we did was go to the Great Wall of China, which was awesome – probably my most favourite thing on the tour.
What Futsal matches/events do you have scheduled for the rest of the year?
I’ve been asked to play in an academy boys team in a local comp and also to do a summer event in the near future, which should be some fun.
What’s your ultimate sporting dream or goal; where would you like to see Futsal taking you in future?
I’m not really sure yet. I’m just going to keep on playing and see where it takes me … hopefully it will be somewhere promising!
Interview by Jo Atkins.
This story was published in issue 79 Greater Port Macquarie Focus