HANOVER, GERMANY – Faeroe Islands pose prior to the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier group C match between Germany and Faeroe Islands at AWD Arena in Hanover, Germany.
Sport – Football – B36 FC Torshavn and Faroe Island International
What’s your sporting story? – I have played football since I could walk, growing up through the ranks of Westhill Boys Club in Aberdeenshire. At the age of 17 I moved to the Faroe Islands and made my debut for B36 in 2007. Since then I have won the Faroese Championship three (2011, 2014 and 2015) and played numerous games in the Champions League and Europa League. Furthermore, I have received 10 Caps for the Faroese National team playing against the likes of Germany, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and N. Ireland, in addition 2 victories over Greece.
What was the biggest challenge in your sporting career so far and how did you overcome it? – The biggest challenge so far in my career was an injury spell which lasted 16 months in total, this included an operation for a double hernia swiftly followed by chronic inflamation of the groins and stomach regions. I managed to get through this difficult time through string support from my fiancee and family, in addition great assistance from RGU SPORT and hard work and strong will whilst rehabilitating.
What attracted you to becoming a “Goal Model”? – I came along to a few sessions which were held at RGU SPORT and was made aware of the benefits received by kids going there. The team working for the trust are amazing and are really driven to making a difference for communities in Aberdeen. Also, I had a great time and found out what a blast the kids were having and didn’t flinch at the opportunity of becoming a role model for them.
How important to you is it to get young people into sport and leadership? – Sport, in my opinion is a great way for kids to direct their energy. It’s a great social tool to encourage kids to engage positively with each other and the health factors shouldn’t be overlooked either, especially in this day and age. I have heard about the new Kickstart programme and just wish this was around when I was growing up!
HANOVER, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 07: Mesut Oezil (C) of Germany battles for the ball with Odmar Faer of Faeroe Islands during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier group C match between Germany and Faeroe Islands at AWD Arena on September 7, 2012 in Hanover, Germany.
What would you recommend to young people in Aberdeen who want to become more involved with sport? – I would recommend that they come along to the Dennis Law Streetsport Programme and if there is no sessions near you get involved locally wherever you can, there will be lots of clubs and programmes available hopefully, and explore all kinds of sports aswell.
Who inspired you when you were younger and why? – My father and grandfather were my biggest inspirations, they were both on the National team and it was always my goal to achieve that also. To manage to do this is probably my most proud moment in life to date!
If you had the same opportunity in sport again, what would you do differently? – Crikey, that’s a tough one. I don’t have many things I would do differently and definitely no regrets! possible study harder?
Faroe’s defender Odmar Faeroe looks on as Alexander Kacaniklic shoots during FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier football match Faroe Islands vs Sweden in Torshavn on October 12, 2012. Sweden won the match 1-2.
Why should young people in Aberdeen get involved with the Denis Law Streetsport programme? – It’s great fun, they can meet new people and meet various successful athletes. It helps give you positive outlooks on life and best of all its free sporting opportunities! who could say no to that?
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