Soccer star heads overseas
SCARNESS’S Justin Turner is turning heads – both on and off the soccer field.
Turner is currently travelling the UK as part of a tour with Football Queensland and on Sunday played against Scotland’s under-16s side.
The boarder at Cathedral College in Rockhampton played for the premiers in the Rockhampton district under-15s grand final this year and is also a member of the Central Queensland Regional team, which has won an under-18s grand final.
Turner has also filled in for C-grade matches and reserve grade as well.
More than 50 Queensland boys are part of the tour, usually staying in youth hostels while training with some of the region’s big-name clubs and playing warm-up matches against various schools, including Manchester Grammar.
Just making the trip to London was a marathon effort for Turner: getting up at 6am to catch a flight to Brisbane and then, after joining the squad, leaving Brisbane at midnight on Saturday, November 21, to arrive in Heathrow 43 hours later.
The squad then caught a bus to Oxford to recuperate at the Oxford Youth Hostel ahead of the first matches of their tour.
It’s not just on the soccer field that Turner excels however – his confidence on the field has clearly translated to confidence in his public speaking endeavours. He was awarded a gold medal for excellence at Cathedral College’s speech night early last month.