Visar Hashani knows what it takes to be great: hard work, early mornings, and his Cristiano Ronaldo player card.
The 11th Grade midfielder for Team Manitoba has been playing soccer for 13 years. In 2017, he will be representing the province at the 2017 Canada Games.
“Our chances are very good in the upcoming games because of the fresh young players we have,” says Hashani, also noting the team chemistry and coaching as factors that are leading to the team’s potential success.
Hashani does his training at the Canada Games Sport For Life Centre. He says that he feeds off of seeing himself improve; it’s one of the things that motivates him.
“Training at Sport Manitoba has been great because of the variety of machines,” says Hashani, “and the trainers are always pushing me to be the best player I can be.”
With the 2017 Canada Games being played in Manitoba, it's more than just a short commute that is offered to the players.
“I think that it’s a good advantage for us,” says Hashani, referring to the chance to play on home turf, “especially the atmosphere is great.”
Before each game Hashani plays, he goes through the same routine. First he puts on his left sock, because he kicks with his left, then his right sock. Then he pulls out a player card of his soccer idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, and kisses it once. After that, it’s game on.
Look for Visar at the 2017 Canada Games as part of Team Manitoba.