TIM Walker is currently in Brazil with the Australian All Schools futsal team.
He flew out on Tuesday for a 20 day tour that will include matches against regional teams around the country before ending with an international tournament.
Tim is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana.
He was selected in the Australian team following the national championships played in Brisbane, where he was a member of the Northern NSW side.
Northern NSW finished fifth, just missing a berth in the playoffs.
Tim said his form was pretty consistent throughout the championship, but he wasn’t sure if he’d done enough to earn a spot in the touring team.
“I scored 18 goals and almost won the golden boot, but I really wasn’t confident about being selected,’’ the 15-year-old Manning Valley Anglican College student said.
However, he obviously had done enough and he was counting down the days before boarding the plane when he spoke to the Times.
“It’s just incredible...I can’t wait to get there,’’ he smiled.
“To get an opportunity to play in Brazil...that’s just unbelievable.’’
For the uninitiated futsal looks a frantic affair where no-one, apart from the goal keepers, seems to have a set position. However, Tim assures that’s far from the case when the game is played at a higher level.
He plays target, explaining his job is to ‘hold the ball and lay it off’ to supports.’
The touring party didn't train before leaving for Brazil. However, Tim said they’ll spend plenty of time training and playing while in Brazil.
“That’s just about all we’ll be doing – training and playing,’’ he said.
He plays futsal in the Manning competition and has been a regular member of Northern NSW teams at the Australian championships played in January each year.
Tim was introduced to futsal though soccer. He started playing soccer with Wingham juniors but this year linked with Taree Wildcats in the Football Mid North Coast Premier League.
“I enjoy a challenge and for me that’s playing in the premier league,’’ he said.
Tim’s had a taste of first grade this season although he’s mainly been in reserves, with the side well placed to make the final five. He’ll miss the next couple of matches but will be back in time for the finals, assuming the Wildcats make the cut.
Tim usually plays in the midfield.
He has no preference for soccer or futsal.
“There’s a bit more time on the ball in soccer while futsal’s more about instant reactions. The games require different skill sets and I enjoy them both,’’ he said.
He leads a busy sporting life away from the soccer pitch and futsal court, dabbling in track and field, cross country and touch football with Anglican College sides.