Kai sets his sights on a sports path
KAI Spence knows all about goals and that is not just those on a football pitch.
The 12-year-old Heights College student loves both the indoor game of futsal and the traditional version of the game to such an extent he has set goals for reaching his targets of playing A-League and even making it into the Australian World Cup team in 2018.
To keep his fitness and hone his abilities the youngster also plays futsal and his skill at that version of the sport has caught the eye of selectors as he has gained selection to the Australian under-14 team for the upcoming Pacific Cup.
The tournament will be played in the United States during November with Kai and his team-mates based at San Jose, California.
Obviously the young footballer is excited.
“I've never been overseas before,” he said.
Kai's mum Judy said her son's success at futsal was all a part of the plan to play football at a high level.
“He has got where he is by sheer dedication and determination,” she said.
“Football is his passion.”
Even the selection was a tough process for the youngster as he went to Sydney with the Queensland Country team and lost every game.
“He was the only one from Central Queensland selected (national team),” Judy said.
Kai plays his futsal for Vikings, based at North Rockhampton High School while he enjoys his 11-a-side game with the Southside United club.
The youngster admits he enjoys watching the Capricorn Cougars, but there is another team that fires his imagination.
“My favourite team is Barcelona,” he said.
“They have the best player in the world, Tierry Henry.”
While Kai has selected a pathway to success, he has also chosen a method for making the money to pay for his trip.
“He's opened a website ( www.kaisgoal.com) and is selling the advertising,” Judy said.