Scarness’s Justin Turner is touring the UK with a squad from Football Queensland.
Scarness’s Justin Turner is touring the UK with a squad from Football Queensland.

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.



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