Tyler sets his sights on suc­cess

Life is a ball for Tyler Gar­ner, who is bal­anc­ing be­ing one of the coun­try’s bright­est young fut­sal play­ers along­side his rise through the ranks at In­gle­wood United Soccer Club.

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LANG­FORD res­i­dent Tyler Gar­ner’s life is dom­i­nated by the round ball game - whether it be soccer or fut­sal.

An ac­com­plished soccer player ris­ing through the ranks of NPL out­fit In­gle­wood United, he is also one of Aus­tralia’s most promis­ing young fut­sal play­ers, de­spite only tak­ing it up less than three years ago.

Since his de­but, Tyler has earned a slew of awards, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian cap­tain at the Ju­nior Fut­sal World Cham­pi­onships in Florida last year, Un­der 16 MVP at the 2017 Ju­nior Fut­sal Cham­pi­onships and one se­nior ti­tle and two na­tional ju­nior ti­tles with club side Clare­mont Cam­bio Cum­bre.

Tyler said he is still sur­prised at how a chance op­por­tu­nity has opened up so many doors for him.

“A few of my mates went over to Mel­bourne for na­tion­als and they needed an ex­tra player, so they asked me to come down and it just went from there,” he said.

“I didn’t know much about the sport, so to step into it and be­come suc­cess­ful as quick as I have, I’m just re­ally happy with my­self and how well I’ve done.”

Tyler is also part of Lyn­wood Se­nior High School’s soccer pro­gram and coaches an Un­der 10’s side at Lyn­wood Soccer Club.

He said he has a tough time bal­anc­ing his sched­ule, given it is not un­com­mon for him to train and play up to 10 times a week.

“Ob­vi­ously I’ve got used to it over the past two years, but I do a lot off the pitch to try and get my body well for it.

“I’ve got to eat right, got to re­cover well - which is a credit to my mum for help­ing me out with that all the time you’ve got to be ready, be­cause it’s such a phys­i­cally de­mand­ing sport, play­ing in­door and out­door.

“You’ve got to be re­ally strong, have good en­durance to do it through­out the sea­son but you do what you love, so I en­joy it.”

At some point, it is likely Tyler will have to fo­cus solely on one sport; some­thing he said will be gut-wrench­ing.

“It’s a re­ally hard ques­tion, but if I had to choose one, it’ll be the one I’m en­joy­ing the most, but it’s go­ing to be one of the hard­est de­ci­sions of my life,” he said.

Year 11 stu­dent Tyler Gar­ner. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469018

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469018

Choices, choices: Tyler Gar­ner is un­de­cided which he en­joys play­ing more – soccer or fut­sal.

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