James Cuminao is about to embark on a rare football
tour of Japan.
WHEN Goodna's James Cuminao is asked what he aspires to become when he grows up, the 14-year-old pauses, then with a great big grin and a glee in his eyes says "I want to be playing soccer internationally and for a club in the English Premier League."
It's a dream many aspiring young football players hold, but only the accomplished few ever go on to achieve.
But Cuminao, a lightning quick left back, believes he'll soon be one small step closer to turning his fantasy of representing Australia on the international stage, into reality.
All thanks to an invite to participate in a two-week football program, called Kick for Goals, in Japan.
Cuminao joins a select group of 15 prominent young players who have been given the opportunity to embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"I'm excited, it's a great chance for me," the year 10 Brisbane State High student said.
"Coach (Allen Johnstone) said it would be tough, physical and there would be a lot of training and playing involved.
"But I reckon I'll learn a lot and I'm hoping it's a chance for me to start off, get someone like a scout to maybe see me and who knows from there."
Cuminao will join the other participants and fly off from Coolangatta on July 1.
Once in Japan, he will play a total of 10 games against professional local youth league teams, including a tournament in Yokohama.
But the tour is not purely a football adventure with players set to experience Japanese culture by doing some sightseeing and living with a Japanese family.
Born in Australia and of Chilean descent, Cuminao plays for Brisbane City's under-15 side in the improved Rebel Sport Junior Premier League.
The rising star is regarded as the backbone to his team's attacking raids.
Maybe it's because doctors told him two years ago that he had an extra bone in his spine, or more probably because of his silky skills, doubled with his uncanny knack to set up goals.