What’s your link to Townsville?
I grew up in Townsville — it’s a great place to grow up. You can’t beat the weather!
Where are you now?
I study and play soccer for my college (Presentation College) in Aberdeen, South Dakota. I had a trial for scouts who put me on to US coaches and I was lucky enough to receive a partial scholarship. I’m studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science and I’m aiming to use this to become a health advisor who designs meal plans and fitness training programs. I plan to have a great season with the team and finish out the final year of my degree. I miss the Townsville sun. The winters are long and cold in South Dakota. It can get down to -20 degrees plus wind chill. It’s quite a body shock when I get back to the Townsville heat.
What’s happening with your personal life?
I have a girlfriend of four years who I met in Townsville — Ao Jones. We Skype a lot! She and my mum, Lisa, have been over to visit me and are coming back in October for my final game. I couldn’t have done it without their support.
How did your time in Townsville set you up for success?
My time as a junior for Rebels Football Club was a great training ground. I played under 6s to senior grade.
Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit?
I come back to Townsville every year between semesters to look for work and catch up with my girlfriend, family and friends.