Young gun lives and breathes soccer

Young soccer star James McWhinnie.
Young soccer star James McWhinnie.

The Dawesville resident is a mainstay of Peel junior soccer, starring as a central midfielder for the Madora Bay Stingrays, helping to coach the Halls Head Hawks (under-7s) and refereeing when required.

James (13) decided to coach at the start of the season when his brother Adam wanted to play for the Hawks, who were unable to find a regular coach.

He helped fill the breach, taking responsibility when the head coach was unavailable.

James said he enjoyed coaching.

‘I get some help from the head coach and it has been a good experience,’ he said.

‘The players respond well and it is good to see them evolve and improve.’

James’ main passion is playing on the pitch and he has already showcased his talents, winning Football West’s junior fair player award for his age group this season.

Originally from Scotland, James dreams of one day representing powerhouse team Glasgow Rangers.

‘I hope to play professionally because I love the sport,’ he said.

‘It is my passion. I have even enjoyed refereeing because it was a new experience and I learned a lot from it.’

James is a nominee in the HBF Junior Sports Heroes competition for his passion and commitment to his sport.

The competition is an initiative to profile young people from across Perth, who inspire others through their sporting achievement or participation in their chosen sport.

For more information on the competition, visit heroes.inmycommunity.com.au.