THERE was not a dry eye in sight when two brothers fare-welled family last week and set off to the US to pursue their sporting dreams.
William, 19, and Hamish, 20, Antill grew up playing soccer for Tolland in Wagga, and will both play college soccer over the next year.
“They’ve been in touch, and training’s a bit more physical,” the boys’ father Dave Antill said.
“It’s hard work, but enjoyable work.”
William and Hamish train under the guise of specialised fitness coaches.
The brothers live and breathe sport, adopting sport-centric career paths. Hamish studies PE and history teaching and William studies sports management.
The boys have been studying in Canberra since they finished school.
National Services Recruitment selected Hamish to play for Jamestown Community College in New York state and William for a college in Austin, Minnesota.
Representative opportunities were limited while the boys were playing in Wagga but Dave praised the local association for providing more exposure for elite players this season.
“Football Wagga’s now got a fantastic opportunity for kids through the Wanderers, there now is a pathway.
“Hopefully more kids will be spotted by recruiters and talent scouts.”
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