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