The lacrosse season has come to an end, finishing off the year with our Inner City schools’ lacrosse tournament last week. Team goals, as well as personal goals, were discussed at our 8am meet up that morning, the girls all showing face although the rest of the school would be enjoying a relaxing half day.
On the 14th of July myself and two other boys from our football club in Auckland flew down to Dunedin to start training camp with FOYDAT (Football Otago Youth Development Trust). This team was made up of people mainly from Otago but also made up of 3 boys from Auckland and 3 from Florida in USA. After a week of non-stop training with the team down in Dunedin we were finally ready to start our trip.
The tournament started off with a parade through the city of Coleraine as well as a haka that we had to perform in front of 5000 people. In the tournament we played First Choice Soccer (USA), County Armagh, County Fermanagh Clough, County Tyrone and Serie B Italia who ended up winning the whole tournament. We didn’t place as well as we should’ve but I felt as if the experience was something that I’ll never forget. I played against some of the best young players and learnt many valuable skills not only as a football player but as a person.
After the tournament had ended we flew down to Dubai where we went on a desert safari which was definitely the highlight of my trip. Overall the trip was an amazing experience and is definetly something that I’ll never forget.
What a great finish to the road cycle competitions. Some great learnings about teamwork and tenacity from many.
Kelvin has offered to share wind training tips for those keen to continue training sessions. Also secondary age information for a Cycling Club will be sent by Kelvin for events before the end of the year.