Rockingham soccer player Bailey O?Donnell busking to fund his European dream


Bailey O'Donnell.
Bailey O'Donnell.

ROCKINGHAM soccer player Bailey O’Donnell, who raises money to attend international training camps by busking, has been nominated for a Western Australian Young Achiever award.

O’Donnell (17) has his sights set on becoming a professional soccer player in Europe.

He plays left wing for the Stirling Lions under-20 team which played its first pre-season game last weekend, defeating UWA 4-1.

O’Donnell first represented WA in the under-12 team in 2012 and last year played in the State under-19 team at Lark Hill.

“I have wanted to be a professional soccer player ever since the two-week tournament in Canberra with the under-12s sparked my dream and lit the fire,” he said.

Last year he attended two training camps in Italy and Spain and also took part in showcase events in Thailand and Melbourne.

He said the intensity of training in Europe was much higher than in Australia.

O’Donnell, who is a Chelsea supporter, is hoping to join a soccer academy in England after he finishes Year 12.

He has been nominated for the Surge Fitness Sports Award, with finalists to be announced on March 21.