Soccer Tournament In Sweden

Earlier on this year, I was selected with 13 other boys from Vancouver Island to represent Canada in a soccer tournament. In order to attend this tournament, you need fitness, skill and you also need to raise $1,500. The players were selected this year and the tournament will be next summer in July of 2019.

The tournament is called, “Gothia Cup” and the dates are 15 of July to the 21 of July. Since I’m going there now, my parents are thinking of doing a trip around Europe. There are around 80 nations going and 1700 teams going. The call this tournament the “Youth World Cup”

The team that I am going with is called, “Island Fire”

 

 

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My Soccer Speech

Did you know that soccer is the most popular sport in the world?

Soccer is a game that has 11 people playing at once on a team.  The match is 90 minutes long and the winner is the team that has the most goals unless the other team forfeits.  Because of the personal fitness, accessibility and team aspects of soccer, it is an amazing sport for everyone.

To begin, soccer can make you healthy. You roughly burn 612 calories in a 1-hour soccer match. In addition, it adds muscle and endurance.

Playing soccer helps work fast-twitch and slow-twitch during explosive moments. Playing soccer makes you use every major muscle group including your glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves and many more. Also, according to the Mayo Clinic, exercise can relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression and can add a better quality sleep time

Secondly, Soccer is great because anyone can play it.

To play hockey you need to pay an average of $150 to $1000 for equipment. The average cost for soccer is $30 to $400, depending on the type of equipment. This is because the equipment is cheap to purchase compared to other sports, again depending on what type. It is also a worldwide sport that is played in a lot of countries.

According to a survey that FIFA published in 2011 over 240 million people from more than 200 countries play soccer regularly.  Soccer is played at many different levels of skill and competition so that everyone can play if they want to. For example, you could have Bronze for beginners. Then you could have Silver for intermediate players. And then there is Gold for players who are strong and fit that level of competition.

Finally, Soccer brings people together. One way is because it is a team sport.

Soccer brings people together because it is a way to branch out and get to know others. With many different competitions for example world cup or UCL, you can get people together if they are on the same team. It is watched live by lots of faithful cheering fans.

Not only does it bring people together it is a way to have something to cheer for. In 2014 during the world cup final there were 3.2 billion people watching either at the game or at home on TV. The record for the most hockey viewers in a match is only 12 million people at the game or watching on TV.

Not only can you play soccer, you can even talk about it! This brings people together because it can start conversations and is just something good to talk about.

In conclusion, soccer is an amazing sport because it is a way to get healthy, a good fit for everyone and it is fun to play. For me, I don’t know what I would do if soccer wasn’t in my life.  

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First Wave Season Game Ever

As I walk out onto the field I take a breath, give my team mate the pinny, and run onto the field. It was about 15 minutes into the game. We were up 1-0. After a few minutes, the other team equalized. I was frustrated. I did not want a draw or a loss on my debut. After some time, we started to play balls into space a bit better and turning into defenders less. As one of my team mates passed me the ball, I quickly gave the ball back as a “one two” He got fowled and was hurt. I went up to him and asked, “Are you ok?” He responded, “Ya.” And got back up. We then had a free kick. I wanted to take it but he earned it. He took a few steps back, the ref blew his whistle and he shot it. What seemed to be an amazing free kick turned out to be another save for there keeper. The other team worked the ball up the field but then one of our defenders cleared the ball and it was me vs a defender. He was ahead of me just by a little bit. I quickly got in front of him, headed the ball to the ground and shot. “YAAA” I hear the crowd go as my team rushes to me. I had scored to make it 2-1 just before the end of the half. But before the half can end, I have another chance. The defenders are there, he goes to tackle me but I cut the ball back, and I shoot, but in the end its blocked by one of there defenders. What should of been a corner turned out to be half time. Right before we go on, we always do a cheer. This time they let me do it. Once again, I was starting the half off.

After a few minutes we get a penalty. My team mate goes up to shoot, and scores. 3-1. 5 minutes into the second half, I hear my coach say, “Cole, warm up.” I run to the flag, do some stretches and take one more small drink of my water. 2 minutes later, I sub the same player on. I got subbed on when we had a corner. I raise my hand and yell, “HERE” and my friend crosses the ball. I run to the ball, jump but I just goes wide. “Don’t close your eyes Cole!” I tell myself. Once again we were on a 4 v 3 (4 attackers and 3 defenders) My team mate sends the ball a little a bit ahead of me and I run onto it. I take a touch and shoot before the defenders can catch me. 4-1. Amazing. Everyone was so happy. Once again, we go back to our half and we restart the game. A few minutes later, I could not believe my luck. I was on a 1 v 1 with this defender. I knew I was faster so I kicked the ball up, ran around the defender, got the ball back and this time, I put the ball into the bottom left corner. Hat trick! 5-1. Everyone runs up to me and I felt satisfied with the way I was playing. Next thing I hear is my coach, he tells me, “Cole, switch with Koss!” Koss was right back (defender)

The last few minutes we were just defending and then the ref blew full time. 5-1 FT. “What a great way to start the season.” I tell myself.

 

Australia

During the christmas break, my family and I went to Australia. We spent 3 and a half weeks there. We were in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney Manly Beach, Sorento, Adelaide and Melbourne. This was probably the best three weeks of my life!

It all started out in Brisbane. We started out the trip by going to this resort to just get used to the time change which by the way is plus one day and six hours and to just start out the trip with relaxing. The place was BEAUTIFUL! Amazing pools with amazing places to go eat and amazing beaches! It was a perfect place to start out the trip.

Then we went to Byron Bay. Probably one of the best places I have ever been. With everyone there being so nice and the weather was beautiful! We met these people at the place we were staying at and two minutes later we were tackling each other in the waves. They were really nice and were very fun to be around. Before we left I even got there snapchat to stay in touch.

Then we went to Sydney but stayed in Manly Beach. The waves there were SO nice. With the current being really strong. Although I was missing my friends already, I was excited to be exploring Sydney Australia for the second time. We stayed at a place right across the beach and the sound of the waves crashing were amazing from our place.

After exploring Sydney, we ended up in Sorento. It was so peaceful and beautiful. On new years eve we had a wedding with with REALLY good family friends on a beautiful place at the perfect time. And soon enough it was 2018!

After the beautiful wedding we headed down to Adelaide. It had a lot of beautiful wineries and a lot of stunning buildings. We even visited some friends that used to live in Victoria but moved back to Australia and had dinner there for two nights. It was amazing. With fun tennis matches, cricket matches and fun pool games.

On the last day we were there, we decided to do a day trip to Melbourne. There was so much architecture and beautiful buildings. It was also very hot. After the day trip, it was time to head home the next day. Sad, but had to go.

We got home and after a week at home our parents said to us, “So did you guys have fun in Australia?” “YA! We loved it!” We responded. “Well good news is we are going back!”

 

 

Grade 7 (so far)

Grade 7, more than half way through school. Comparing grade 7 to grade 6, I love it! I have always loved school but the difference between grade 6 and grade 7 is when you hit grade 7 you have more opportunities and options. Middle school is a huge difference from junior school. I love juniour school and all but just middle school is a lot more independent.

This means you can choose what you want to do. Juniour school is just teachers are there to teach and then you also have teachers there that can help you even if you don’t need help. But when you get to middle school the teachers teach you and you listen. There are also teachers there that are there to help but you have to go ask for it.

Personally I love middle school a lot more than juniour school. But yes I still love juniour school. Right now my favourite subjects in school are P.E (obviously) Math, Science, Humanities, Art, Band Communication Skills and Choir. If you count recess as a subject then Recess is the top of the list. All the teachers are there to help and are amazing.

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City 20/20 reflection #1

In class right now we are doing a project called city 20/20. Now you make think 2020 the year but it is actually 20/20 means perfect vision. So the project we are doing is basically called a perfect city or City 20/20.

We have been assigned to small little groups and the groups are Affordable Housing, Food Production, Transportation, Waste management and Energy provision. Currently I am in Affordable Housing.

We got sent problems from the mayor of Victoria and these are the problems:

Food Production

 

  1.     What innovative partnerships and technologies could help us increase food production in the City?

 

  1.     The average age of farmers in BC is very high (55.7 years in 2011). How do we get young people in the City interested in farming as a career? How do we “grow new farmers” in the City?

 

  1.     If we want our region to produce and consume 25% of its food locally, what foods should we focus on? Which crops have the least ecological impact, are part of a healthy and balanced diet, and can be produced in our climate?

Housing:

 

  1.     How might we make housing in the community affordable to people in the second and third income quintiles (incomes ranging from $20,000 to $65,000 per year)?

 

  1.     How do ensure our community works for people at each end of the age spectrum – 2 year olds and 82 year olds?

Transportation:

 

  1. How do we double the amount of people that ride buses in 2 years?
  2. How do we triple the amount of people that commute to work by bike in 3 years?

 

Waste Management:

  1. What are the three most effective and affordable ways that I can change my lifestyle to reduce waste that goes to landfill?

 

Energy Provision

 

  1. How to get regular citizens involved in taking action on climate change?
  2. How could my family reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, within 3 years (in transportation and building energy)?

*written by Mayor, Lisa Helps

My group is Housing and so my questions are

  1.     How might we make housing in the community affordable to people in the second and third income quintiles (incomes ranging from $20,000 to $65,000 per year)?
  1.     How do ensure our community works for people at each end of the age spectrum – 2 year olds and 82 year olds.

The main question we are working on in my group is the first one.

 

Is Fair Equal? 

The question I ask myself, “Is Fair Equal?” When we are talking about fair we are talking about Jack getting an apple and John getting an apple. Is that equal? Yes. 

But is that the way to learn? Is that the easy way to get through life? Yes Equal is much easier like how it is much easier to eat your favourite sweet or dessert rather then gross broccoli or gross egg plant.

But if you keep feeding yourself just that unhealthy sweet you will get used to it and just not grow to learn or in this case not grow to eat those healthy fruits and vegetables.

It is taking the easy way out… The Equal way. Yes.

Sometimes the best way to learn is to learn from what you did wrong and what you could of done next time. So in conclusion I think Fair is Not Equal. 

Because it is not the way to learn.