Team spirit sets Shenton College soccer player apart

Josh Ban is a great team player. Picture: Will Russell d467633
Josh Ban is a great team player. Picture: Will Russell d467633

DESPITE discovering his knee was fractured just days before he was due to fly to Italy, Josh Ban (14) insisted on going on his school’s soccer trip to support his teammates.

Putting his personal disappointment aside, Josh went with his Shenton College team and helped out where he could, setting up drills and cheering his team on against their overseas competitors.

“It was only a few days earlier that I found out my knee was fractured,” he said.

“I had been nominated as vice-captain so I still wanted to go not just because of that, but to be part of the team and make any contribution I could.”

It is this spirit and positive attitude that has led Josh to be nominated for a Young Spirit Sporting Award Nomination for the game he has played most of his life.

“Ever since I could walk dad would take me to the park and we’d kick the ball around,” he said.

“Then I started playing club soccer from under-6s.”

With his knee now fully recovered, Josh is back into his busy training and playing schedule.

“We’re about to get back into trials for school,” he said.

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