Waverley youth representing Canada in U-16 football

Matteo Di Quinzio dons Team Canada jersey at International Bowl in Texas

Matteo Di Quinzio in action. He represented Canada at the International Bowl on the U-16 team. (Submitted photo)

WAVERLEY: Matteo DiQuinzio never intended to play football. That was until a friend needed an extra player on a flag football team.

“It took off from there,” said DiQuinzio in an interview with The Laker.

He only began playing contact football in 2016, and in the short time since his play has been impressive enough he was named to the Football Canada U-16 east team for the International Bowl, which was held Jan. 12-19 in Texas.

I’m excited for the opportunity to play and representing Canada,” said DiQuinzio, a wide receiver. “I’m exited to play with the other team members chosen from team N.S.

“I can’t wait to get there and play my heart out and experience the level of play in the International Bowl.”

The Lockview High student said it means a lot to be chosen for the squad.

“I worked hard and put the time in for training,” he said. “To make team NS was exciting, but to represent Canada is a whole higher level of exciting. It’s rewarding when you give it your all.”

While he only started playing football in 2016, he has played sports like hockey when he was six and then Scotia soccer.

“I liked and enjoyed those sports but once I started football it clicked,” said DiQuinzio, 15. “I love the game. I live and breath football now. I’m challenged on and off the field and it keeps me focused.”