A former Emerald Eagles soccer player is flying high after being selected for the Australian Dal Ponte Vikings Futsal under-15 team.
Quietly spoken, Fortious King was quite forthright when asked how he came to be selected for the Australian squad.
“I played good,” King said.
“I impressed the selectors all around the show, but mainly when I played with the Queensland side.”
King now gets the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom as part of an International Futsal tour and will play games in Wales and north west England, but not before his parents can raise the money to get him there.
“It will be a trip of a lifetime for him,” said Fortious’s father Ken of the $6000 trip.
“My wife Donna and I would love to go with him but the main thing is we get him going first.”
King fell into the indoor game with a couple of mates.
“It’s an indoor soccer game and it came about with a couple of his friends who got him involved and it just went from there,” Mr King said.
“He got picked to go over to the United Kingdom and they will get a look around and play some of the best teams over there.
“They will go away in October and will get taken to some of the big soccer grounds like Manchester United’s and Liverpool’s – the top soccer clubs.
“Its not all about playing, they’ll also get to see how the professionals do it.”
Futsal is a very fast and skilful game; it allows no room to move, so fast thinking and fast feet are required.
June McQuillan, affectionately known as Mrs Mac, was King’s first coach at the age of seven and she was ecstatic about his selection.
“Holy hell, that is fast and furious,” she said.
“But he had the talent right from the word go.
“It didn’t matter if he had a can on the ground, he had to kick it and throw it in the air.”
Mrs Mac fondly remembered King’s early days at the Emerald Eagles.
“I was one who helped coach him and you always remember Fortious.
“He was a goer, he never stopped trying, never stopped thinking.
“He was always moving, just like a chess player.
“He always thought three steps ahead.”
King is currently a member of the Rockhampton Bluebirds Soccer Club.