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Tuesday, 5 November 2013
NYL: Get to know Martin Lo
By James Clark
Born and bred in Western Sydney, 16 year old Martin Lo is a football talent on the rise.
picking up the round-ball aged six, Lo has achieved more than most kids
his age and considers himself lucky to be living out his football dream
at the Western Sydney Wanderers. For Lo there could be no better club
to hone his craft and build on his skill base.
Born to Vietnamese
parents who were happy to escape their war-ravaged country for a better
life in Australia, Lo’s family has been a constant source of support and
always encouraged his sporting pursuits. His brother is an important
part of his life and will drive Lo to the many school and Foxtel
National Youth League training sessions without question such is the
commitment of the family.
Their influence and inspiration is
evident as they have strived to stamp a cultural ethic of “only hard
work gets results” on their son.
After receiving an innocent
school newsletter home when Lo was younger, the invitation to join the
local Guilford McCredie Uniting Soccer Club was too big a temptation to
ignore and with his parents’ permission sparked a love of the round ball
that has never waned.
He eventually moved into central midfield
favouring the higher work rate and the added responsibility. Lo’s love
of hard work paid dividends when he was selected to represent his
country in the Australian U13 side that competed in Malaysia in 2010. A
proud moment that he and his family will never forget.
himself very lucky to attend the renowned Westfields Sports High School
Lo takes comfort in knowing that many before him took advantage of the
fine sports program on offer and went onto greater sporting success. The
likes of Socceroo Harry Kewell and fellow Wanderers Mark Bridge and
Aaron Mooy grace the honour board at the distinguished campus in
He must be doing something right as he and team
mate Jake McGing were chosen by Tony Popovic to travel with the senior
squad on the recent Wanderers pre-season trip of China and Japan.
experience of training and playing with the senior group has given him
enormous confidence and motivation to focus on his dream of playing in a
Sydney Derby. Lo realises that he has a long way to go but with the
advice of his coach Trevor Morgan and Tony Popovic to do “simple things
of the game perfectly” his dream will become a reality.
National Youth League is the main nursery and pathway for the rising
junior talent striving to play in the Hyundai A-League.
yourself a favour and get down and support the Foxtel National Youth
League and cheer on the young Wanderers on show as it won’t be long
before many of these hopefuls get their opportunity to impress the Red
and Black faithful at Pirtek Stadium on the big stage.
and his Wanderer’s teammates are the second match of a Marconi Stadium
double header on Sunday 10 November kicking-off at 4:10pm following the
Westfield W-League team's match against Adelaide United at 2pm.
Wanderers Members receive free entry with all other adults $10 and concession $5.
This article appears courtesy of Western Sydney Wanderers FC: