Japanese student tackles footy at champion club
Monday, August 09 2004 @ 05:28 am ACST
Contributed by: Jake Anson
Upon arriving in Australia to undertake VCE studies as an international student at Warrnambool College, Takao Mizuno wished to continue playing rugby union as he had at his school in Japan. However, the absence of a rugby team in Warrnambool led to Mizuno trying his hand at Australian football - with considerable success.
Building upon a formidable tackling capability, Mizuno has cemented himself in the defensive line-up of South Warrnambool's under-18 side, though not without some effort. His kicking skills were basic at best upon arrival in Australia, and Mizuno "couldn't kick straight... or long" by his own account. Imagine the team's surprise then when the 18-year-old booted a goal from a free kick in one of his first matches.
Mizuno has found Australian football to be a fantastic way of making friends in a city where poor English skills can leave international students on the outer. His success at South Warrnambool has helped bridge the language gap with his classmates at Warrnambool College, and has made a positive impact on his impression of Australia.
Mizuno is set to return to Japan to study marketing next year, and is keen to continue his association with Australian football.
To read more about Takao Mizuro and his Australian football experience, take a look at the article in the Warrnambool Standard, by Vanessa Burrows.