Alex’s fut­sal rise no mean feat

Kwinana Courier - - Sport -

BAL­DIVIS has pro­duced an­other ris­ing sports star, with fut­sal pow­er­house Alex Capocci be­ing se­lected to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the sport’s birth­place – Spain – in 2019.

The nine-year-old plays with the Cam­bio Cum­bre Fut­sal Club in Bi­bra Lake and will travel to Barcelona for seven days of in­ten­sive train­ing be­fore com­pe­ti­tion on day 8.

He will go as part of a tour by the Aus­tralian Fut­sal As­so­ci­a­tion that sends rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams each year.

Bal­divis MP Reece Whitby is spon­sor­ing him for the trip.

Capocci said he started kick­ing a ball when he was two years old.

“My dad got me into it when I was very young,” he said.

“I saw it was great so I started play­ing and got good at it and just kept play­ing.”

His dad, Fer­nando, a de­voted Arse­nal fan, said his son had done him proud.

“He only started with this club about three months ago and I am so proud,” he said.

“He also has gained a soc­cer schol­ar­ship with South Coast Bap­tist Col­lege and he is on the Devel­op­ment Squad for Perth Glory.”

Mr Whitby said Alex was very ta­lented and de­served the op­por­tu­nity to go to Spain.

“I think Alex is amaz­ing,” he said.

“There are so many ta­lented sports peo­ple in the area and Bal­divis is al­ways punch­ing above its weight for na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sports.

“Who knows, Bal­divis could give us an English Premier League player; Alex could end up play­ing for the Gun­ners and buy his dad a Lam­borgh­ini.”

“Hope­fully he will re­mem­ber me and give me a ride in it one day.”­mu­ni­ d487351 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Alex shows his quick re­flexes with the ball to MP Reece Whitby.

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